Blog | Tulsa Social Security Disability Lawyers on SSDI & SSI

6 Common Mistakes that Ruin a Disability Application

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…
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Medical Records for Disability Hearings

If you applied for Social Security benefits or filed for reconsideration, then the claims examiner is the party responsible for obtaining your medical records. However, the process is different if you request a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). In this case, you would be responsible for obtaining your medical records. If you have an attorney, you can give them legal permission to access the records on your behalf.   Which Medical Records Are Needed for My Disability Hearing? There are certain types of medical records you will need to obtain for a hearing before an administrative law judge. Medical records are essential for showing that you currently suffer from a disability, or that you will continue to suffer from one in the future. Be sure to obtain both old and new medical records related to your disability. You should also go through records associated with your disability claim…
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How Do Living Arrangements Affect SSI Benefits?

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is available for disabled Oklahoma residents who are over the age of 65 years old and disabled. However, SSI is a needs-based program. In order to qualify for SSI, you must have limited income and resources available. Unfortunately, this threshold is determined by how many people you live with, and the support and care received by others. Understanding how your living arrangements could affect your SSI benefits is key to collecting the maximum benefits you are entitled to.   How Do Living Arrangements Affect SSI Benefits? Since the amount of SSI is based on income and not living expenses, it is possible for a person claiming SSI benefits to live with another person. In order to receive maximum benefits, however, the recipient must pay for their own food and shelter. Otherwise, benefits may be reduced. Your SSI benefits may be reduced by the Social Security Administration…
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