Avoid these mistakes when applying for SSDI benefits

On Behalf of | Oct 22, 2018 | Firm News

If you have a serious health condition that makes you unable to work, you may want to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance. SSDI benefits can give you the financial support you need without an occupation. If you are looking to apply for these benefits, it is important to know a few things before submitting your application.

One of the most crucial pieces of information to know is that you must fill out the application as carefully and accurately as possible. A minor mistake may hurt your chances of getting SSDI when you need it. These are some common SSDI application errors to avoid.

Providing incomplete information

The Social Security Administration asks for a lot of details about different facts of your life to determine your eligibility. You must give every relevant detail regarding your employment, medical history and education. One of the most important parts of the application is the questionnaire regarding your daily life.

For example, the SSA may ask if you can go grocery shopping. If you can shop, be careful not to just answer with a simple “yes.” Provide details on your shopping experience. Do you need someone to transport you to the store? Do you require a motorized scooter to shop? Make sure you do not leave out any helpful information about your disability.

Failure to follow treatment instructions

Of course, you should go to the doctor for your medical complication, but the SSA wants to know that you did not just go to your doctor once or twice. To qualify for benefits, you should adhere to all guidance from your physician. This may include taking prescription medications, attending physical therapy sessions, showing up to follow-up appointments and seeing referred specialists. 

Applying for SSDI benefits may seem daunting, but if you avoid these mistakes, your chances of getting an approval are much better.