7 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Claim for Social Security Disability Benefits

7 Mistakes to Avoid When Filing Claim for Social Security Disability Benefits

Common Mistake Filing for SSDI Benefits

If you have a disability that is preventing you from being able to work and it meets all eligibility requirements established by the Social Security Administration (SSA), then you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). However, just because you should qualify doesn’t mean you will. In fact, it’s estimated that around 65 percent of all first-time applicants are rejected.

It’s important to understand that a rejection may not mean that you don’t qualify; instead, the reasoning is often minor and procedural. Approvals more likely occur during the appeal process than during your initial application.

Of course, you’ll want to do everything that you can to increase your chances of an approval during the initial Social Security disability claim process. Which mean that you’ll want to make sure you don’t make any mistakes on your application.

Common Social Security Disability Application Mistakes to Avoid

The following are seven of the most common mistakes that first-time applicants make that typically result in a rejection:

You provide incomplete information

The SSA requires detailed information about a lot of different things in order to come to a conclusion regarding your eligibility. This includes information about your medical history, your education, your employment and more. If you don’t provide all of the information requested, your application will most likely end up rejected.

There’s conflicting or incorrect information

Be very careful about the information you provide. If any of the statements you make conflict with facts that you provide, it can cause a rejection. Additionally, something as simple as spelling the name of your doctor incorrectly can result in a rejected application. So make sure that you go through your application thoroughly to make sure everything is correct. One way to ensure everything is in order is to review your old medical bills and prescription medication statements. You should also avoid inflating any claims in order to improve your chances of an approval.

You did not properly attempt to treat your condition

If you didn’t follow your doctor’s recommended treatments or if you stopped going to see the doctor, the SSA will assume that you didn’t make the effort to overcome your disability. This can also result in a rejection notice. There are a few exceptions. For example, if you’ve undergone numerous treatments recommended by your doctor and none of them worked, then it’s clear why you may have decided against further treatment suggestions.

You apply for benefits too soon

You need to be able to prove that your disability will keep you from working for at least 12 months. If you can’t, the claims rep or medical examiner could assume that your condition may improve before that time.

Your condition isn’t considered severe enough

Make sure that you look through the Blue Book to determine if your disability or its symptoms match with those on the SSA’s website.

You don’t have enough medical evidence

Make sure that you’ve gathered enough medical evidence. Not only to prove that you suffer from a disability, but that it has or will prevent you from being able to work. This means that you’ll need to submit any official diagnosis made by your doctor and statements they made about your ability to work as well as any other medical records you may have, such as medical tests or hospital visit records.

You’re still working

If you’re still working, there’s a good chance that the SSA will see this as proof that your disability won’t prevent you from working.

SSDA USA Information

When applying for Social Security disability benefits, make sure that you avoid making these common mistakes. By doing so, your chances of approval will improve significantly. For more professional guidance concerning the Social Security disability benefits application process, be sure to set up a free consultation with one of our experts at Social Security Disability Advocates USA by calling us at (602) 952-3200.

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