Make no mistake, filing for disability benefits can be quite complicated. The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) eligibility requirements, guidelines and paperwork can stretch you to the limit.
While filing your claims, you will want to do everything in your power to prove that you deserve the benefits. Unfortunately, a huge number of SSDI benefits end in denial. In fact, approximately two-thirds of SSDI claims are denied. This underpins the importance of understanding the mistakes that can lead to your claim’s denial and how you can avoid them.
Here are two SSDI mistakes you need to avoid:
Giving up after the initial denial
Statistically, most initial Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits claims are declined. If you take NO for an answer, you will certainly forfeit your right to appeal the denial. If the SSA denies your claim, they will provide reasons for the denial in writing. It is on the basis of this that you can appeal a denied claim.
What you can do – Exercise your right to appeal the denial
If your SSD claim is denied, it helps to note that the SSA has room for an appeal. To do this, you need to act within 60 days from the date of your claim’s denial. Also, be sure to understand the reasons for your claim’s denial and provide any relevant supporting documentation that can boost your chances of getting a positive appeal outcome.
Failing to fully disclose your medical condition
To be eligible for SSDI benefits, your injuries or illness must be severe enough to prevent you from working. They should also be expected to last at least 12 months or lead to death. If your disclosure is not satisfactory, the SSA will certainly deny your claim.
What you can do – Be sure to disclose ALL medical conditions (physical and emotional) to the SSA
The SSA will make a ruling on your claim based on how it impacts your ability to work. It is in your best interests that you disclose all your health problems to the SSA.
If your health condition affecting your ability to work? You may be eligible for disability benefits. Find out how you can file a successful SSDI claim.