Don’t Make These Common Social Security Disability Application Mistakes
Getting approved for Social Security Disability benefits can be a challenge – statistics show that about 65% of applicants are initially denied. If your initial application is denied, it is possible to file a request for reconsideration.
However, this appeal has an approval rate of only 13.8%. Many applicants are denied for making simple mistakes that can easily be avoided, so we’ve compiled a list of things not to do when applying for disability:
Not Completing Your Application in Detail
When applying for Social Security Disability benefits, you cannot leave any lines blank. You must fill out every part of the form. If something on the application does not apply to your situation, do not leave it blank, but instead, write out “N/A” or “not applicable.” You also need to describe your condition and how it has affected you in as much detail as possible. It is always better to be overly detailed than to have your application denied.
Not Providing Up-To-Date Documentation
Providing all appropriate evidence to the Social Security Administration (SSA) documenting your condition is crucial for your case. If you decide to stop medical treatment, your eligibility could be affected, since you will need to provide recent medical records. Doctor’s notes, test results, treatment results, surgical notes and prescription records all help the SSA determine whether you qualify or not.
Submitting an Application for the Wrong Benefits
When submitting your application, you need to know whether you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Each program has different eligibility requirements, so chances are you either qualify for one or the other, not both. Do make sure you know which program you are eligible for before submitting an application.
Not Getting Legal Support
The Social Security Disability application process can be challenging and meticulous. Having representation by an experienced Social Security attorney greatly increases your chances of getting approved. A lawyer who knows the process inside and out is a must.
Contact Attorney Eric Brown
If you would like to apply for Social Security Disability Benefits but aren’t sure what steps to take next, attorney Eric Brown is here to help you. Eric is an attorney based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and has a robust Social Security Disability practice where he has represented clients in nearly one hundred Social Security cases. If you are in need of an experienced Social Security lawyer, contact Eric Brown HERE.