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Applying for social security disability can oftentimes be a complicated and stressful process, which makes it all the more confusing and frustrating to discover your social security application has been rejected. Of course, the appeal process gives claimants a second chance to receive their benefits, but it’s far simpler to get things right the first time. With that in mind, this guide will look at a few of the most common mistakes that people make when filing their social security disability application.
One of the biggest mistakes that people make when applying for social security disability insurance is assuming that their previous work history is sufficient proof that they can no longer work. Even if SSA’s disability evaluation shows that you’re medically prevented from continuing your old line of work, that doesn’t necessarily mean that other work is unavailable to you. If the SSA finds a suitable alternative to your current line of work, then they will reject your application on those grounds.
One of the biggest issues, owing to how complicated the application process has become, is paperwork errors. Given how strict the SSA’s disability evaluation is, they will look for any inconsistencies to deny a request. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re not entitled to the reward, but it does sometimes create enough of an obstacle to make people give up immediately. If you’re nervous about any errors when filing your claim, the best thing to do is hire an experienced attorney to look over the paperwork and ensure that everything is as it should be.
Along a similar vein to the errors made during the filing process, an insufficient work or medical history is yet another way in which the SSA can deny social security application. If you want to ensure that all of your information is adequately prepared beforehand, you’ll want to contact an SSDI representative and make sure your records include everything they’ll need for the SSA evaluation.
While these are just a few of the most common mistakes that people make when filing their application, the most important thing to remember is that you have plenty of opportunities to appeal any rejection. Of course, if you want the best chance for success, you’ll want an experienced professional to help you avoid the appeal process altogether.
Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law