The road to securing Social Security Disability benefits can be a long one. It is not as simple as filling out and sending in a form. If you assume it is an easy and quick process, you are likely to make mistakes that hurt your chances of getting the financial support you need.
It is vital to make careful and strategic decisions when you apply for disability benefits. Avoid these mistakes to get a better chance at approval.
First mistake: Failing to include all your conditions
When applying for benefits, you must tell the Social Security Administration about the injuries, conditions or illnesses that hinder your ability to work. Of course, it makes sense to point out your most serious conditions, such as cancer, severe back pain or post-traumatic stress disorder. But you should include all your other impairments, including anything like high blood pressure, depression and asthma. A complete picture of your conditions may convince the SSA of your inability to work. Do not leave anything out.
Second mistake: Not providing adequate medical documents
The more medical records you have, the better chance you have of proving your disability. Do not limit your supporting documents to the most recent or relevant ones. Include everything that supports the existence of your disability. It is important to provide documentation of primary care visits and the emergency room stays along with information from specialists.
Third mistake: Giving up after getting a denial
Do not give in to discouragement if you receive a denial from the SSA. It is common to get a rejection during your first application. Remember that you have the ability to appeal the decision. Do not make the assumption that the denial is the correct decision.
Dealing with the Social Security process can be frustrating at times. But as long as you avoid these common errors, you will be in a better position to receive benefits.