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Mistakes to Avoid in Filing for SSDI Benefits

Mistakes to Avoid in Filing for SSDI Benefits

These errors may lead to a denial of your application.

Mistakes to Avoid in Filing for SSDI Benefits

If you are unable to work due to a disability, then you may be considering applying for Social Security Disability benefits, or SSDI. These benefits are offered through the Social Security Administration (SSA). Individuals who meet certain criteria, including having paid into the system and having a qualified disability, may be eligible for SSDI benefits.

Yet applying for SSDI can be a minefield. The application is long, and requires you to submit a substantial amount of documentation. In most cases, working with a California Social Security disability benefits attorney can help improve the likelihood that your application will be approved.

If you decide to go it alone, however, you should be aware that some mistakes can lead to a denial, which can set off a lengthy appeal process. Avoiding these errors can help you achieve a favorable outcome.

First, avoid providing too little information about your condition. These benefits are based, in part, on the applicant having a qualifying disability that makes them unable to work. It may seem intrusive, but the SSA needs information about your disability and how it limits you in order to make a decision. If the agent assigned to your claim cannot figure out what your disability is or how it prevents you from working, your application may be denied.

Second, you should avoid exaggerating or making up anything about your condition. Although you should be thorough in documenting your disability, the information that you provide must be accurate. The medical evidence that you provide should match what you write on your application. If it doesn’t, then your claim will probably not be approved.

Third, pay close attention to deadlines. The SSA sets strict timelines on when certain documents must be filed. If your claim has been denied and you are requesting a review of that denial, missing a deadline may mean that you have to start the process from scratch. Working with an experienced California Social Security disability benefits attorney can help you avoid this type of mistake.

Fourth, make sure that you are applying for benefits at the right time. To be eligible, you must be unable to work due to a disability for a period that is expected to last 12 months or longer. If you apply before you have enough medical evidence to support your claim, then it may be denied. At the same time, you want to make sure that you don’t wait too long to apply, as being approved for benefits can be a lengthy process. If you need the benefits due to an inability to work, then you should apply as soon as possible.

Fifth, don’t work when you are applying for SSDI benefits. The purpose of the system is to provide monthly financial benefits for people who cannot work because of a disability. If you are still working, then it may lead to a determination that you are not disabled and do not qualify for benefits.

At PLBSH, we work with people throughout California who are unable to work because of a disability. Our skill and experience in SSDI matters will give you peace of mind. To schedule a consultation with a California Social Security disability benefits attorney, contact our law firm today at (800) 435-7542 or info@plbsh.com.

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