It is estimated that 65% of people who apply for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied. Sadly, many of these applicants are denied because they made simple mistakes during the application process. Here are some of the most common mistakes you should avoid when applying for Social Security disability benefits:
Discontinuing Medical Treatment
Many disabled individuals discontinue medical treatment in order to save money while they wait for their disability benefits. But, this decision could affect your eligibility for benefits. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will need to see up-to-date medical documentation to determine if you qualify for benefits. If you cannot provide recent documentation, it can be more difficult to prove that you are disabled and in need of benefits.
Applying For the Wrong Type of Benefits
The SSA oversees two programs that administer disability benefits: Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The eligibility requirements are different for each of these programs. As a result, the majority of disabled individuals will qualify for one program, but not the other. Submitting an application for the wrong type of benefits will waste a lot of time, so make sure you research each program’s eligibility requirements prior to applying.
Failing to Follow the Doctor’s Orders
It’s important to follow the doctor’s orders if you are in the process of filing for Social Security disability benefits. The SSA will know whether or not you are complying with the doctor’s orders. If you fail to follow these orders, the SSA will assume that your condition is not as serious as you claim. Prove that your claim is valid by complying with your doctor’s orders, which could mean taking prescription medications, attending follow-up appointments, visiting specialists, or undergoing recommended procedures.
Submitting An Incomplete Application
Disabled individuals who apply for benefits without the help of an attorney often submit incomplete applications. Every line of the application must be filled out--even if it means simply putting “N/A” when something does not apply. Completing the application also involves sending in the appropriate documentation to the SSA. If an application is not complete, the SSA will not approve it, so it is important to be meticulous when applying for benefits.
If you are disabled, contact Armstrong & Vaught, P.L.C. at once. Let our attorneys guide you through the process of obtaining Social Security disability benefits. Call us now at 918-582-2500, toll free at (800) 722-8880, or contact us online for a free consultation with a skilled attorney.