How can you avoid mistakes when applying for Social Security Disability benefits?

On Behalf of | Mar 31, 2023 | SSDI

Social Security Disability benefits are crucial for people experiencing a major medical issue. However, the Social Security Administration denies most applications due to common errors, which can delay the receipt of essential funds exponentially.

In order to avoid mistakes on your disability application, you must first understand which issues are most common. Here are a few possible mistakes and what you can do about them.

Underestimating your limitations

When a person lives with a disability for years, they often become accustomed to certain limitations. This can result in understating the impact of a condition within your disability application. Many people also pride themselves on being self-sufficient, which can lead to the use of language that makes their disability appear not as severe as it might be. In this case, describe your condition accurately and be as specific as possible to accurately represent your limitations.

Not appealing in time

If the Social Security Administration denies your initial application, you can appeal its decision. However, you must file your appeal within 60 days of receiving the decision. If you fail to do so, the application process starts from the beginning once again, which can result in a significant delay when it comes to benefits. Be sure to file documents in a timely manner, especially when appealing.

Providing unclear information regarding job duties

Applicants must also show how their disability prevents them from holding the same employment they did previously. In this case, you must explain the exact requirements of your job, while also providing explicit information on how your limitations prevent you from successfully holding that position in the future. The more information you provide, the more accurate your application will be.

Keep in mind that the application process often takes some time to complete. Continue to progress through steps to ensure the matter receives the attention it deserves.