There are many mistakes that people may make when applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. The good news is that you may be able to avoid these mistakes simply by learning what they are and seeking out help when you need it.
Social Security Disability applications are notorious for being complex and leading to denials. Many people are denied on their first attempts because they make simple mistakes that result in the Social Security Administration rejecting the application. Here are three of those common mistakes and what you can do to avoid them.
1. Continuing to look for, or start, new work
If you have a disability claim in process, the last thing you should do is find a job. While you may be trying your best to stay afloat, getting a job, even if it doesn’t last long, could result in a rejection of your application. Don’t continue to work or look for new work, because this shows that you may be able to work, which is the opposite of your claim.
2. Not including a full list of symptoms
Some people may start to fill out the application and fail to include all of their symptoms. They might only include symptoms related to the disabling injury, even if they have other symptoms that are preventing them from returning to work. For example, someone’s asthma may make them unable to hold a traditional job, but they should not stop at listing wheezing, asthma attacks and difficulty breathing. Adding other symptoms and conditions, such as migraines or weakness, may help the claim.
3. Not following the doctor’s orders
If your doctor places you on a treatment plan and you refuse to follow it, the SSA may say that you’re not attempting to get better. If you receive a treatment plan, have follow-up appointments or are asked to take specific tests, don’t skip them. That said, if you don’t agree with your current doctor’s treatment plan, you can look for a new provider.
These are three mistakes people make when applying for SSDI. If you have questions, look into finding support and learning more about your legal options when applying for SSDI benefits or appealing a denial.