Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Social Security Disability

Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Social Security Disability


Top 12 Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Social Security Disability

Filing for Social Security disability benefits can be a complicated and long process. In order to better the chances of your having a successful outcome, here are some common mistakes to avoid:

Mistake 1:    Collecting unemployment while waiting for disability. Some judges see this as a statement that you are “ready, willing and able to work.”

Mistake 2:     Not quitting work when applying for disability. Social Security is very strict about your “ability to work.”

Mistake 3:   Assuming you can’t afford a disability lawyer. We work on a contingency basis so there is no fee until we win your case.

Mistake 4:    Never checking the status of your SSDI or SSI claim. Social Security Administration is a large agency and it is not uncommon for paperwork to slip through the cracks, so you must keep good records.

Mistake 5:    Missing the disability appeal deadline. Be sure to find out the appeal deadlines. It is usually 60 days from the date on the denial notice.

Mistake 6:   Not preparing for a Social Security disability hearing. This process begins when you file an application. You have to tell a consistent story that makes sense and is documented by the medical evidence.

Mistake 7:    Not taking medication as prescribed by your doctor. Even if you have trouble affording medicine, you should always discuss this with your doctor.

Mistake 8:   Not alleging mental conditions which you have on a Social Security disability or SSI disability application. All the elements of your case work together to establish disability.

Mistake 9:   Not seeing a doctor for your medical or emotional problems. It’s all about the evidence. You must have a doctor who can explain your impairments.

Mistake 10:   Thinking you just can’t win. If you believe that you have become disabled, you should file an application for benefits. Don’t get discouraged if you receive a denial. You should appeal it and seek the advice of an attorney.

Mistake 11:   Waiting to file. It can take a long time before you’re awarded benefits due to the appeals process. To shorten your wait time, you should file immediately if you are not working or your earnings dropped below $1,180 per month as of 2018.

Mistake 12:   Not hiring an attorney. A disability attorney can help you strengthen your arguments, meet all deadlines, and use the law to your advantage.


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