If you’re struggling with a disability, you know it can cause tremendous financial stress. As a result, you may be seeking disability benefits. If so, you want to do all you can to ensure the success of your claim — and that means avoiding certain common pitfalls during the process.
Here are six of the most commonly made mistakes in Social Security disability claims.
1. Filing a claim while working
The Social Security Administration only pays disability benefits to those with disabilities that have rendered them unable to work for at least one calendar year or more. If you file a claim while you are still able to work, your claim will be denied.
2. Being unprepared to file a disability claim
When filing any legal claim, being prepared is essential. The Social Security Administration offers two types of disability benefits: Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Do your homework and investigate which type of benefits you may be entitled to and what evidence you need to support your claim.
3. Failing to seek the necessary medical treatment
A significant component of every disability claim is having the medical evidence you need to support it. If you are seeking SSDI or SSI benefits, it is essential to seek treatment from a qualified medical professional and follow that doctor’s advice. Not doing so can be a costly mistake that can result in a denial of your claim.
4. Failing to provide appropriate employment and wage information
To determine your eligibility for either SSDI or SSI benefits, the Social Security Administration must ensure that you meet the necessary earning requirements. This means they will examine your work history, including your tax statements, earnings history, and current income and resources level. Failing to provide this information is a mistake that could diminish your chances of a successful claim.
5. Waiting too long to file an appeal
Like all legal matters, disability claims have a time limit. It is fairly common for a claim to be denied the first time it is filed. After that denial, however, you will have a certain amount of time to file a request for reconsideration, often known as an appeal. Usually, this must be filed within 60 days of the date of denial. Missing your chance to do so can cause you to forfeit benefits you need and might otherwise deserve.
6. Failing to find the right attorney
This last mistake can be incredibly significant. Like all legal matters, disability claims can be complex. You don’t want to make a costly mistake or miss out on an opportunity to fully assert your rights. You need an attorney who knows and understands the law to guide you through the process.
Call Hunter and Everage for help with your disability claim
The law surrounding disability claims can be complex, and these common reasons for denial are only a few of many. If you’re concerned that you may be subject to some of these common mistakes as you pursue your claim, let the talented and experienced team at Hunter and Everage pursue it for you.
We understand disability every aspect of disability law, and we’ll guide you through the process every step of the way. Call us today. We’re here for you.