Applying for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) is a long and complicated process that involves a lot of forms, a lot of medical records and patience. But if you make a mistake you could wind up waiting for months to get those errors fixed, or even worse, your application could be denied. So how can you prevent mistakes on your Social Security disability application? Learn what those common mistakes are.
These 6 Common Mistakes Could Ruin a Disability Application
- Failing to Fill Out the Forms—The Social Security Administration (SSA) is going to send you a whole mess of forms to fill out. It’s up to you to make sure that every part of those forms are filled out correctly. Don’t forget, if a question doesn’t apply to you, put “not applicable” or “N/A” in the provided space.
- Writing Illegibly—If your case reviewer can’t read your answers, then they can’t really say that you answered that question. Be sure the answers to questions are neat and preferably typed out.
- Incorrect Information—If the form asks you for your doctor and you put the wrong name down, then your case reviewer isn’t going to be able to confirm the medical diagnosis that proves you have a disability. Make sure you spell everything correctly and have the proper information for every question.
- Missing the Deadline—Most forms sent to you by the SSA must be replied to within 10 days. That can sometimes mean that you don’t have a lot of time to monkey around with it. If you need more time, you have to contact the SSA immediately and ask for an extension.
- Contradiction—If you say something in the first part of your application and then contradict yourself in a later section, the SSA may deny your disability application. Make sure you have your facts straight before you make conflicting statements.
- Rejecting Help—If you thought there were a lot of things on this list, then you would be blown away to find out that even more stuff can go wrong on your disability application. Seeking professional help from a disability attorney could be a big help in your quest to get the benefits that you need. Don’t be afraid to get some help if your case starts to overwhelm you.
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At Troutman & Troutman, P.C. our Tulsa disability attorneys have decades of combined experience helping with disability claims. To learn more about how we can help with your potential case, give us a call at (918) 587-0050. You can also schedule a consultation by using our online case review form.