Social Security Disability Lawyers

What Are the Common Mistakes on Social Security Disability Claims?

Social Security Disability (SSDI) Benefits can be welcome assistance to disabled workers, but the claims process is difficult and mistakes can slow the approval process. Disability Lawyer Samuel E. Earley can help you minimize mistakes and maximize your chances of approval when filing or appealing your claim for SSDI.

Filing Your Application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is an assistance program funded by the federal government and intended to provide valuable help with basic needs for the disabled or those who are otherwise unable to earn a living. As part of the larger Social Security Administration, your eligibility is calculated according to your disabling condition and how long you worked and paid into Social Security.

Although this sounds simple, sadly, it is not. There are multiple variables that enter into the calculations for eligibility, and every case is unique, requiring specialist assistance for figuring out how the different factors apply to you. One of the most troubling factors of filing an SSDI claim is the rate of rejection. Around 65% of first-time SSDI claims are rejected and must be appealed. Most of these cases are due to mistakes in the application.

What Are the Common Mistakes to Avoid in an SSDI Claim?

If you are unfamiliar with government bureaucracies and the mounds of exacting paperwork they require, you may become hopelessly lost when filing an SSDI claim. Mistakes on your claim can seriously impede the approval process, making time-consuming appeals necessary, delaying your benefits even more. Sam Earley is an experienced SSDI claims attorney who can help you minimize mistakes on your application to speed the process along.

Here are the most common mistakes Sam Earley sees and helps you to avoid on your SSDI claim:

  • 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.
  • Incomplete/Inaccurate Employment Documentation: In order to satisfy the earnings requirement for SSDI, you must provide accurate and complete documentation of the past 15 years of your work history until you became disabled. This 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 and providing the required information.
  • Misunderstanding Your Disabling Condition: Among the SSA’s many requirements is that your disabling condition denies you the ability to engage in SGA – substantial gainful activity. 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.
  • 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. This can be from not taking prescribed medications, not attending therapy, or not undergoing prescribed treatments. If you refuse a medical examination ordered by the SSA, they will also reject your claim for failure to cooperate.
  • Waiting Too Long to File a Claim: The SSA recommends that you file a claim for SSDI as soon as you become disabled. Even if you do not have complete medical documentation or work documentation compiled, file your claim as soon as possible. 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.

We Can Help You Apply for SSDI Benefits

Disability Attorney Sam Earley is highly qualified and experienced in helping anyone apply for SSDI benefits. He will explain each step of the process completely and provide invaluable assistance gathering the information you will need to submit your application. This will include reviewing your work history and 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

Sam Earley is an experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer who knows the common mistakes that are made on SSDI claims, especially those that trigger rejections. He can help you make sure that every piece of documentation necessary is included with appropriate explanations, so the SSA has everything needed to fairly evaluate your claim. Sam also offers a free consultation about what is needed and your next steps for beginning a claim.

Contact Our Disability Lawyers For Help

You may qualify for SSDI benefits, but you need a seasoned SSDI attorney to help you avoid serious mistakes that can delay the process. Call SSDI Attorney Sam Earley at 770-881-7171 or complete our online contact form. Sam and his team will work hard and provide personalized service to help you receive the benefits you deserve.