6 Common Mistakes That Ruin A Disability Application

Applying for Social Security Disability insurance (SSDI) is a long and complicated process. It involves a lot of forms, a lot of medical records and a lot of patience. But, what if you make a mistake? Then, you could wind up waiting for months to get those errors fixed. But, even worse, that mistake could get your application denied. So how can you prevent mistakes on your Social Security Disability application? Learn from these common application mistakes that could ruin a disability application and make sure not to do them.

These 6 Common Mistakes Could Ruin a Disability Application

  1. Failing to Fill Out the Forms—The Social Security Administration (SSA) will send you a lot of forms to fill out. It’s up to you to make sure that you fill out every part of those forms correctly. Don’t forget: if a question doesn’t apply to you, put “not applicable” or “N/A” in the provided space. Do not leave anything blank.
  2. Writing Illegibly—If your case reviewer can’t read your answers, then he/she can’t really say that you answered that question. Be sure the answers to questions are neat and preferably typed out.
  3. 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.
  4. Missing the DeadlineYou must reply to most forms sent by the SSA within 10 days. That gives you little time to answer everything. If you need more time, then you have to contact the SSA immediately and ask for an extension.
  5. 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.
  6. Rejecting Help—If you thought there were a lot of things on this list, then you would be amazed to find that even more can go wrong on your disability application. Seeking professional help from a disability attorney could really help you to get the benefits that you need. Don’t be afraid to ask for 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. If you made a mistake on your application, then we want to help you. To learn more, give us a call at (918) 265-1404. You can also schedule an evaluation by using our online case review form.


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