Common Mistakes Made When Applying For SSD Benefits

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is difficult. The initial application process can take five to six months, and about two-thirds of all applicants are denied. As Charlotte’s leading Social Security Disability Insurance benefits attorneys, we’re here to help. To assist you in starting the process, we want to point out the five most common mistakes made by those applying for SSDI benefits.

Mistake 1: Filing a Disability Claim While Still Working

Nothing says you cannot do this, but if you do, chances are your claim will be denied. You are requesting benefits on the grounds that you cannot work, and if you are gainfully employed when you apply for Social Security Disability, you’re contradicting your claim that you are unable to work.

Mistake 2: Applying for Disability Benefits Too Soon

To qualify for benefits, your disability must last 12 months or longer. If you apply too soon, the Social Security examiner may determine that your condition will improve before you qualify for benefits. Do not apply until it you know your disability will last for one year or more.

Mistake 3: Assuming the Consultative Exam is Sufficient Proof of Disability

Individuals commonly apply for benefits without sufficient medical evidence to support a claim. Many assume the consultative exam performed by a physician chosen by the Social Security Administration is sufficient proof of disability. It’s not! The findings of the consultative medical exam are used to support other medical evidence you have provided. So, do not start the application process without your own medical proof of disability.

Mistake 4: Failing to Follow Prescribed Treatments

Some applicants fail to get prior medical treatment, fearing any improvement will prevent them from getting disability benefits. That’s a mistake. The Social Security examiner wants to know what treatment has been prescribed and how well you’ve followed and responded to these recommendations. Failure to follow prescribed treatment could cause your application to be denied.

Mistake 5: Failing to Get Legal Assistance

Unfortunately, many forgo legal assistance believing they cannot afford it. Don’t make that mistake. Our attorneys will help improve your chances of success, ensuring that your application is complete and accurate. And we’ll be there with your during the appeal process, if needed.

If you need the assistance in Charlotte of a Social Security Disability attorney, call Chad Brown Law today at (800) 556-9115, and we’ll work with you every step of the way.

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