How to Avoid Social Security Mistakes

avoiding social security case mistakes

A Social Security case can be affected in many ways. Because of this, your actions during the claims process are very important. After years of experience in disability law, we understand some of the most common Social Security case mistakes. We want to help you avoid these mistakes and build a strong case.

The Most Common Social Security Case Mistakes


Mistake #1: Exaggerating Past Work

  • Failing to give the Social Security Administration accurate information about your past employment is a lethal mistake.
  • The SSA relies on information about your employment history to judge your work ability. If it is inaccurate, your case may fail.
  • Be honest and report your work history without any exaggeration of job titles or responsibilities.

Mistake #2: Exaggerating Your Disability

  • The SSA will do all they can to disprove your claims. If you can’t back up what you say with evidence, it will likely be ignored.
  • Any amount of dishonesty will hurt your chances of winning a case.
  • Fill out forms honestly and give accurate descriptions of medical circumstances to doctors and lawyers.

Mistake #3: Being Careless on Social Media

  • The SSA isn’t supposed to investigate your social media profiles, but don’t count out the possibility.
  • If we can prove that the SSA got information from your social networks, any evidence they gathered will be thrown out.
  • Unfortunately, that’s hard to prove.You need to be careful about what you post and what others post about you. Avoid posting things about yourself that show what you can and can’t do — the SSA may use it against you.

Mistake #4: Delaying the Social Security Claims Process

  • Getting the benefits you need is important, so don’t waste any time in filing a claim!
  • Waiting too long to file a claim can hurt your case. The more time you spend working and pushing through the pain, the slimmer your chances of winning become.
  • If you can answer YES to these three questions, you may qualify for Social Security benefits:
    • Have you been out of work, or do you expect to be out of work, for at least one year?
    • Do you suffer from a physical or mental disability, or a combination of both?
    • Have you worked at least 5 out of the last 10 years and paid Social Security taxes?


We understand that starting a disability claim and hiring a disability lawyer can be intimidating. Our completely free and thorough consultation can help ease your mind and keep you from making these common Social Security case mistakes. If you have any questions, contact us today.

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