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After becoming disabled, many look to Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits for financial assistance. However, the claims process often proves difficult for many applicants and mistakes can slow the approval process even further.
Sam Earley and his team of disability lawyers can help you minimize mistakes and maximize your chances of approval when filing or appealing your claim for Social Security Disability benefits.
Understand the Challenges Of Filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits
Even though Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is intended to provide valuable help for disabled workers, the process for applying and being approved is not easy. While there are basic requirements every applicant must meet such as a disabling condition and how long you worked and paid into Social Security, there are also multiple variables that enter into the calculations for eligibility.
Because every case is unique, applicants who want to maximize their chances of success require legal assistance to figure out how the different factors apply in their case. If not, Social Security Disability claim applications often get rejected. Around 65% of first-time Social Security Disability claims are rejected by the Social Security Administration (SSA) and must be appealed. Most of these rejected cases are due to application mistakes.
Unfortunately, these mistakes are easily made because of government bureaucracies and the exacting paperwork they require, resulting in time-consuming appeals and an even greater delay before an applicant can finally receive SSDI benefits. Our Disability Lawyers can help you minimize mistakes on your application to speed the process along.
Here are the five most common mistakes our disability attorneys see to help you avoid having your Social Security Disability claim rejected:
Social Security Disability Mistake #1: Incomplete/Inaccurate Medical Records
Your medical history is perhaps the most vital part of your entire application. You must accurately document your disabling medical condition from the beginning until the time of your application, including all treatments, therapies, specialist visits, and testing, and the length of time each required. Any omissions or items that are left unclear or unexplained can cause your claim to be rejected for lack of sufficient documentation.
Disability Attorney Sam Earley has helped countless applicants like you prepare their medical records correctly in order to maximize their chances of a successful SSDI claim application.
Social Security Disability Mistake #2: Incomplete/Inaccurate Employment Documentation
In order to satisfy the earnings requirement for Social Security Disability, you must provide accurate and complete documentation of the past 15 years of your work history up until you become disabled.
This documentation can be from W-2 forms, pay stubs, tax records, workers’ compensation documents, and other official records. Any omission or unclear work period is subject to rejection, requiring an appeal in order to provide the required information.
Having a dedicated disability lawyer like Sam Earley greatly reduces the chances of making a mistake with your employment documentation. Thanks to years of experience, he and his team know exactly what documentation to look for and include, providing everything the SSA needs to approve your application.
Social Security Disability Mistake #3: Misunderstanding Your Disabling Condition
Among the SSA’s many requirements is that your disabling condition denies you the ability to engage in what they call Substantial Gainful Activity, or SGA. If you are still able to work at certain jobs and earn more than is allowed, this could cause your SSDI application to be denied.
Our Social Security Disability lawyers have a thorough comprehension of what the SSA is looking for to help our clients determine whether or not their condition qualifies for Social Security Disability benefits.
Social Security Disability Mistake #4: Failure to Follow Medical Instructions
Ignoring your doctor’s advice regarding your condition and the prescribed therapies is cause for the SSA to reject your application. Examples of applicants failing to follow medical instructions include not taking prescribed medications, not attending therapy, or not undergoing prescribed treatments. If you also refuse a medical examination ordered by the SSA, they will reject your claim for failure to cooperate as well.
Social Security Disability Mistake #5: Waiting Too Long to File a Claim
The SSA recommends that you file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits as soon as you become disabled. This is true even if you do not have complete medical documentation or work documentation compiled. You can apply if you’re unable to work because of a medical condition that is expected to last at least 12 months, or is expected to result in death.
Our Disability Attorneys Can Help You Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits
Disability Attorney Sam Earley has helped applicants just like you successfully apply for Social Security Disability benefits. He will explain each step of the process, provide assistance in gathering the information you will need to submit your application and help solve any issues along the way. This help includes reviewing your work history, substantiating records, and collecting all the necessary documentation of your disabling condition from involved medical providers.
Avoid Making Mistakes On Your Social Security Disability Claim With Our Disability Lawyers
Thanks to years of experience focusing on Social Security Law, Sam Earley is a disability lawyer who knows the common mistakes that are made on Social Security Disability claims, especially those that trigger rejections.
He can help you make sure that every piece of documentation is included with appropriate explanations to ensure the SSA has all they need to properly evaluate your claim. Sam also offers a free consultation about everything that should be included and what your next steps are for beginning a Social Security Disability claim.
Contact Our Disability Lawyers For Help
You may qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, but you need a seasoned Social Security Disability attorney to help you avoid serious mistakes that can delay the process. Call Disability Attorney Sam Earley at 770-881-7171 or complete our online contact form. Sam and his team are ready to go to work for you and provide personalized service to help you receive the benefits you deserve.