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3 mistakes to avoid when applying for SSDI benefits

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2018 | Social Security Disability

The application process for Social Security Disability Insurance can be complex and stressful at times. Trying to figure out all the documents and bureaucracy can be frustrating. You may feel distraught and even tempted to give up. 

Due to the complexity of the SSDI application process, you may make some errors when filling out your application. This may result in getting a denial of benefits. Here are some common SSDI mistakes to avoid, so you can increase your chances of acceptance.

1. Writing incorrect information

The Social Security Administration requires you to fill out a lot of details for your application, including the following:

  • Your birthdate
  • Names and birthdates of children
  • Marriage and divorce details
  • Employment history
  • Contact information for your health care providers

With so much information to provide, it can be easy to make a simple mistake. Even putting the wrong phone number for your doctor or misspelling his or her last name can slow down the process. Make sure you proofread your application before submitting it.

2. Failing to get help

You should not need to go through this process on your own. Perhaps you have friends or family members who can assist you with the application. You should also consider talking to a lawyer to ensure everything on your application is correct.

3. Not providing enough medical evidence

The foundation of your disability claim is evidence you have a disabling condition. You must include as much documentation as possible to prove your claim. Include every health care provider and specialist you have seen. Leaving out an appointment with a specialist or urgent care visit can make or break your claim. Additionally, make sure to list all medical conditions that may affect your ability to work, not just the main disability.

However, it is important to apply for the benefits you need. With the right help, you can successfully apply for SSDI benefits.