Common Mistakes Made by Social Security Disability Applicants


February 24, 2016

Successfully applying for Social Security Disability benefits is not always an easy process. There are numerous mistakes applicants can make that could cost them considerable time and even your benefits. At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, our firm meets many clients who accidently made errors in the application process that resulted in an initial denial. Applicants can rest assured that even if they are initially denied, they can still appeal this decision and possibly be in receipt of the benefits they deserve.

The following is a look at some common mistakes made by SSD applicants, among others:

  1. Not understanding the definition of disability: The Social Security Administration strictly defines disability. Some applicants are surprised to find that their condition is not legally considered a disability for SSD purposes. Applicants might waste much time and could put themselves in a bad position financially if they do not carefully assess whether they have a qualifying disability.
  2. Lack of preparation: You need to prepare your application as strong as possible. A thorough application with sufficient supporting evidence will be vital to the acceptance of your claim. You should gather all relevant medical records, employment records, medications, doctor's notes and supporting documents, your medical history, and all other relevant exhibits in order to attach these items to the application. A comprehensive application is your best chance at an early acceptance.
  3. Mistakes in paperwork: You will need to fill out numerous forms for your application and attach supporting evidence. Even seemingly minor mistakes can delay your application and even result in a denial. Pay close attention to your forms and fill them out as accurately and completely as possible.
  4. Waiting to apply: You need to plan your application so that you will be prepared financially to wait until the receipt of your benefits. SSD applicants will likely face at least a five month wait for their benefits to begin. If there is a delay in the process or an initial denial, this could take far longer. Prepare for this delay and apply as soon as possible.
  5. Giving up after a denial: It is important that you be persistent with your claim. Many claims are initially denied. Some applicants receive this denial and abandon their action entirely. Others will wait a few weeks and then file a new claim. Both of these courses of action will generally result in denial of benefits, but many claims that are initially denied can eventually be granted on appeal.

As such, do not give up if you are at first denied. Instead, contact an attorney and continue to work towards getting your benefits.

Put Our Law Firm's Over 30 Years of Legal Experience to Work For Your Claim

If you need help applying for Social Security Disability benefits or appealing from your denial, the Atlanta Social Security Disability Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, are here to help. We represent SSD applicants across Georgia and in the Southeast. Our firm has over 30 years of experience and is committed to assisting our clients in receiving the benefits they deserve. The sooner you seek assistance with your SSD claim, the greater your chances of obtaining full benefits. As such, it is important that you seek the assistance of a licensed lawyer as soon as possible.

Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.

Source:
https://www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi/


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