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Common mistakes to look out for in your SSDI application

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2024 | Social Security Disability

The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) system is a helpful program designed to provide financial assistance to individuals who are unable to work due to a disability. Overseen by the Social Security Administration (SSA), SSDI offers benefits to eligible individuals to help cover living expenses and medical costs.

The SSA subjects all applications to a strict evaluation process, aiming to ensure that only those who genuinely meet the criteria for coverage receive benefits. As such, it’s important for applicants to know that there are common mistakes that many deserving people make that can lead to delays or denials in the approval process.

Concerns that you should be aware of

If you are preparing an SSDI application, be sure to avoid the following common mistakes:

  • Incomplete or incorrect information: Ensure all forms are accurately filled out and include updated medical records. Any missing or inaccurate details can lead to delays or denials in your SSDI application.
  • Lack of medical evidence: Medical evidence is crucial in proving your disability and eligibility for SSDI benefits. Make sure to gather comprehensive medical records, including diagnoses, treatment plans, medications and any other relevant documentation to support your claim.
  • Failure to follow prescribed treatment: If you’re not following your prescribed treatment plan or failing to attend medical appointments, it can signal to the SSA that your disability may not be severe enough to warrant benefits. It’s essential to comply with your treatment plan and attend all medical appointments to demonstrate the severity of your condition.
  • Missing deadlines: Missing deadlines for submitting required documentation or appealing a denial can result in your application being denied. Be aware of all deadlines and ensure that you submit the requested information or appeal within the specified timeframe.

When applying for SSDI benefits, consider seeking legal guidance to better understand the application process and better ensure that you avoid common pitfalls. There is too much at stake to “DIY” this process without proper guidance.