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Mistakes to avoid when preparing and filing an SSDI claim

On Behalf of | Apr 5, 2024 | Social Security Disability

When something happens and you can no longer work due to a disability, filing for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can provide vital financial support. The Social Security Administration (SSA) takes careful consideration of each SSDI claim to better ensure that individuals with legitimate disabilities receive the support they need.

This means numerous applications may not initially meet the stringent eligibility criteria set forth by the SSA, resulting in denial of benefits. Some of the mistakes that you’ll need to avoid when preparing and filing your claim include the following.

Failure to follow a prescribed medical plan

Failure to follow a prescribed medical plan can significantly weaken your SSDI claim. Your doctor’s recommendations and treatment plan play a crucial role in establishing the severity of your disability and its impact on your ability to work. If you fail to adhere to your doctor’s advice or miss appointments, it can raise doubts about the legitimacy of your disability claim. Therefore, it’s essential to prioritize your medical treatment and follow your doctor’s instructions closely to strengthen your case for SSDI benefits.

Incomplete documentation

You should take measures to ensure that all relevant medical records, test results and documentation of your disability are thorough and up-to-date. Providing incomplete or insufficient documentation can result in delays or denials of your claim as the SSA relies heavily on medical evidence to assess the severity of your condition.

Waiting too long before applying

If you delay your application after you stop working due to a disability, you could risk missing out on crucial benefits. It’s essential to understand that the SSDI application process can be lengthy and it may take time for the SSA to review and approve your claim. Waiting too long to apply can result in a gap in financial support leaving you without the necessary assistance to cover medical expenses and basic living costs.

There is little doubt that the SSDI claim process can be overwhelming and complex, requiring careful attention to detail and adherence to strict guidelines. You may consider seeking legal counsel to help guide you through the intricacies of the SSDI claim process and to better ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.