If you have suffered an injury or disability that makes it impossible for you to continue working, you may be able to file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits if you meet certain criteria. If your application is approved, you will typically receive your first Social Security Disability (SSD) benefit payment approximately six months after your disability started. However, research has shown that nearly two-thirds of applicants have their first SSD applications denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). It is important to be aware of some of the most common mistakes made during the application process, so you can avoid them and give yourself the best chance at having your benefits approved.
Common mistakes to avoid while filing for SSD benefits
Mistakes are common during the application process, and those mistakes can keep you from getting the benefits you deserve. Here are a few of the most common mistakes people make while applying for SSD benefits:
- Continuing to work while filing for benefits.
- Providing false information.
- Failure to include all necessary information and documentation.
- Failure to file for benefits as soon as possible.
- Filing for benefits too early, before you can prove that your disability or condition will last long-term (12 months or longer).
- Failure to take medications or follow treatment plan prescribed by your doctor.
- Failure to file a request for reconsiderations within 60 days of your claim denial.
Assistance in applying for SSD benefits
Applying for SSD benefits is no easy task, particularly while you are struggling with a disability or other medical condition. An attorney specializing in SSD benefits can help make the process easier, ensure that you avoid the mistakes listed above and help you avoid a claim denial. In the event that your claim is denied, your attorney can help you file an appeal to fight for the benefits you are entitled to.