Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can feel like crossing a minefield. There are so many potential pitfalls and mistakes to be made. In fact, there is only one right and safe path through the process, and it requires precise accuracy with your application and thorough documentation.
There are so many mistakes that people make that can result in the denial of their initial Social Security Disability benefits claim. For example, using the wrong kind of documentation and assuming the person reviewing your application will understand the severity of your condition.
The biggest mistake you can make after receiving a claim denial is to give up and decide you don’t deserve the benefits. Many people who later receive approval for their application received an initial denial first. Don’t let the red tape stop you from getting the benefits you deserve.
Figure out what caused the issue and address it
The requirements for your disability application are so specific that tiny mistakes are almost impossible to avoid if you’re doing all of the paperwork on your own. There are so many rules, it is hard to know and follow them all.
For example, you can use photocopies of some kind of documentation in your application but must submit original documents for others. Sometimes, your doctor may not have used the right words to describe your condition. This can make your request for benefits look suspicious.
Failing to put the right information in the right place on the application itself could result in the denial of your claim. Going over the application and your denial letter carefully can help you determine what caused the denial. From there, you will have the opportunity to address that issue and appeal the initial denial of your claim.
If your initial claim isn’t approved, an attorney can make a big difference
If you made a mistake or an omission in your initial application, you don’t want to risk making similar mistakes or a different one in your appeal. That could mean a rejection that requires you to start over again from the application process.
A lawyer familiar with Social Security Disability claims and appeals can help you build your case and correct the mistakes that led to the initial claim denial.