PITFALLS TO AVOID WHEN FILING FOR SOCIAL SECURITY DISABILITY BENEFITS
In over 10 years of practicing, Ive come to identify several pitfalls that many claimants fall into when applying for Social Security. Avoiding these can greatly increase your chances of getting a favorable decision. In this four part series I want to help you identify these issues to increase your chances of getting a favorable decision.
PART THREE: FOCUSING ON THE WRONG ISSUES. Many times, what a claimant thinks is the most important issue to focus on is not. Many claimants simply believe that because theyve been diagnosed with a certain condition, such as anxiety, fibromyalgia, or degenerative disc disease, that they should be approved for benefits. Many Americans suffer from these ailments to some degree, and most of them are still able to work. What you have to prove to a Social Security judge is that these conditions are so severe that you are not capable of working. Have you had to be hospitalized for anxiety? Have your Orthopedists recommended surgery to correct your spinal issues? The answers to these questions can help determine if your condition is severe or not.
Likewise, the Social Security Judge will not be concerned with other circumstances that may seem essential to the claimant. They will not give you benefits because there are no jobs in your particular area, or because the business you used to work for but could still with your conditions is now shut down, or because you have a felony and cant get hired, or because you used to make a lot more money than you would if you worked a minimum wage job. Whats important is what medical conditions are keeping you from being able to work. PERIOD.