According to the U.S. Census Bureau about 1 in 5 Americans live with disabilities. Social Security disability programs provide essential support to those with the most significant disabilities (about 14 million people). Like the rest of our nation’s Social Security system, Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is funded through payroll contributions by workers and employers, making its funds very limited. Only 40 percent of applicants are awarded benefits under the law’s strict standard. Many are rejected because of these simple, but important, mistakes.
5 Mistakes to Avoid
1. Exaggerating your Disability
The social security administration and administrative law judges see enough cases that they understand what different levels of disability mean. They can easily tell if you are exaggerating symptoms. They will also have your doctor’s records and opinions to review. If these do not match up with your description of the severity of your disability, your case will be rejected.
2. Work History Errors
Again, your work records will not only be submitted along with your application for benefits, but it will be checked. The SSA calls employers, checks tax records, and will look for any discrepancies with your employment history. They have to do this in order to know what benefits you qualify for. If these records do not match, are incomplete, or false, you will not be able to qualify for benefits.
3. Not Following Through with Your Treatment
Another critical mistake people make is failing to follow up on their medical care. There is almost no chance that you will be found disabled in the eyes of the Social Security Administration unless you have a doctor following your case and documenting how you’re injured, and how you’re physically restricted. Finding a good doctor and sticking to what they say will greatly improve your chances of winning.
4. Not Appealing Your Case if Denied
If you’re denied, the biggest mistake you can make is not appealing your case within the 60 day time frame. Some people feel discouraged when they’re rejected and do not even bother filing an appeal. The majority of cases are rejected their first time around, so appealing will greatly improve your chances of being approved for benefits. Believe it or not, deserving people are denied all the time, and all it takes is a second look to grant benefits.
5. Not Hiring an Experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer to Help
The most costly mistake you can make, both for your time and money, is trying to navigate the system on your own, especially after being denied once. There are countless things that can go wrong and even more mistakes you can make without knowing. Hiring a good Social Security Disability lawyer, like our attorneys at Summit Disability Law Group, is a smart decision. They can guide you through the process and will help prepare your claim.
By avoiding these mistakes, you have a greater chance of receiving your Social Security benefits. For more information or for a consultation, please contact our experienced legal team at (801) 890-1030.