Are You About To Make One Of These Five Common Mistakes People Make when Applying for Social Security Disability?
If you are considering filing for Social Security Disability benefits, don’t make one of the “easy” mistakes that can result in a denied application for benefits.
Here are some of the most common – and avoidable - mistakes that I see people make when applying for Social Security disability benefits:
1. Not applying soon enough – waiting until things “get bad.” The Social Security disability application process and appeals process can be lengthy. Waiting until things “get bad” can result in a longer wait for a decision on your application or a longer wait for an appeal. You also need to consider important factors – like your work credits. By waiting too long to file, you may lose important benefits.
2. Failing to appeal a denied application. After waiting several months for a decision – you get a denial letter. You are so angry that you throw the letter away or stop reading it – and you do not notice that you must file your appeal within sixty (60) days. Or, your “friend” tells you that filing the appeal useless because “everyone is denied twice before they get benefits.” Big mistake. If you do not appeal the denial, you may have to file a new application – causing additional delays. You may also be risking the loss of important benefits by not filing your appeal.
3. Not providing the Social Security Administration with all of the information requested – especially your medical records! While the Social Security Administration may receive your medical records from your treatment providers – make no mistake – this is YOUR responsibility. Want to make sure that your case is decided on ALL of your medical evidence – make sure you have it and make sure you provide copies to Social Security.
4. Missing medical appointments or failing to follow the treatment plan from your medical providers. Medical evidence is crucial in all Social Security disability claims. You do not want a disability examiner or an Administrative Law Judge to review your records and see that you have been a “no show” for the majority or your medical appointments. If there is a good explanation for missing your appointment, make sure your doctor knows the reason! You also want to follow the instructions from your doctor – like being a “no show,” being described by your doctor as “non-compliant” is damaging to your application for benefits.
5. Trying to “go it alone” because you cannot afford an attorney. In most Social Security disability cases, there is little or no cost to you as a claimant. I handle Social Security disability cases on a contingency fee. That means that I am paid only if I secure benefits for you. While there may be expenses for medical records and other reports – there is no attorney fee unless I win your case.
Let me be clear: Correctly filing an application for Social Security disability benefits is much easier than attempting to fix mistakes later. So don’t risk making one of these simple mistakes.
Call me today for a free consultation.