Five Mistakes Social Security Disability Claimants Make
One of the reasons that Social Security disability benefits have gained a reputation for being difficult to obtain is that many claimants continuously make the same mistakes during the process. Here are the top five mistakes that applicants make, and how you can avoid them: 1. Not applying in the first place. Though the process may seem tedious from the outside (and it can be), don't be too intimidated to apply. Potential claimants often wait for years before filing, but the sooner you apply the sooner you can start receiving your Social Security disability benefits. Although, you can not file while you are still capable of working, the suffering party should apply the very first day that they are out of work. 2. Not hiring an experienced disability attorney. Many applicants worry that they will not be able to afford an attorney, but disability lawyers are not paid until they win your case. At that point, their fee is taken as a percentage of the Social Security disability back-pay that you receive. Since hiring a disability attorney significantly increases your odds of success, most claimants consider the future expense worthwhile. Most cases will require appeals, with some eventually necessitating a court hearing, so claimants are better off with an experienced professional at their side. 3. Filing a new application after the first has been denied. If your initial application is denied by the Social Security Administration, the next step is to make an appeal–not a whole new application. A new application will just go through the same initial review process as the original application did, typically resulting in another denial. An appeal will allow you and your disability attorney to argue your case in front of a judge, resulting in a much higher probability of success. 4. Missing deadlines. Appeals are allowed within 60 days of your initial claim. Missing the deadline for an appeal means that you will have to start the time-consuming process over from the beginning. 5. Not properly listing all of your symptoms. For your reviewer to understand the level of your disability, you will need to provide them with a complete, non-exaggerated list of your symptoms. Include everything from daily fatigue to drug side-effects. Without a complete list, your claim reviewer may determine that you are capable of working even when you are clearly not.