When filing for Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits, it’s very easy to make a mistake that can put your application in jeopardy. In fact, even when everything is submitted correctly, and the applicant has an obvious disability, it can be an uphill battle. Because of this, it’s important that you are meticulous when filing, paying attention to all the details and deadlines, and avoiding the disability claim mistakes that many people make. One way to avoid these mistakes is to seek the help of trained and experienced legal professionals. They can help you avoid the common mistakes that people make, including:
– Not providing enough medical documentation. Considering that your entire disability claim is based on the medical evidence (or lack thereof) this would seem like an obvious mistake, and one that’s easy to avoid. However, this happens more than you would think. Sometimes, it’s because there’s simply not enough evidence — no tests, lab results, etc. If you have not had your condition thoroughly documented by medical professionals, than you can expect to be denied.
– Not proving your inability to work. Even if you do have thorough documentation of your medical condition, that is not enough. Remember, SSDI is not based on whether or not you have been injured or suffer a disability, it’s based solely on whether or not you are able to work. This means that you need to present proof that your injuries or disability are impeding your ability to hold down a job — any sort of job. If the SSA recognizes you are injured, but still thinks you can work, then you will still be denied benefits.
– Not following the prescribed treatment. Another common disability claim mistake people mistake is in assuming that they will be able to win their case if they prolong their condition by not following their doctor’s advice. However, this is a terrible strategy. If the SSA determines that you could work if only you’d listen to your doctor, then you can expect to be denied, as the SSA is not in the business of handing out free rides to anyone who wants one.
– Not mentioning your mental state. Even if your disability is physical, make sure you talk about your mental state on your application. Frequently, a physical disability can lead to psychological problems like depression or anxiety. Make sure to put these on your application as well, because the SSA can also use those in determining your ability to work.
If you have made, or are afraid you will make, one of these disability claim mistakes, then it only makes sense to seek legal advice. Trained disability attorneys know how to win a disability case, and they know how to avoid these and other common pitfalls. If you’re looking a disability firm to help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!