Applying for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) can seem like an overwhelming task. There is a great deal to remember when filling out and submitting an application, and a simple oversight or error can result in a lengthy delay or even a denial of benefits. Consider these common mistakes many applicants make:
- Missing a deadline for an appeal. If you are challenging the SSA’s decision, it is essential that you make your claim fully and promptly. It can reflect poorly on you if your materials are late.
- Making medical claims that are not backed up by a doctor or medical professional. Some applicants with mental and emotional disabilities figure that their conditions cannot be medically treated or evaluated, but that is incorrect. A doctor can provide the SSA with a professional medical opinion that the SSA can use to evaluate your claim.
- Not following a doctor’s professional advice. It is within your rights to decide not to follow a doctor’s advice, but this may affect the SSA’s decision. The SSA may decide that you are not doing everything in your power to recover from your disabling injury or condition.
- Collecting unemployment while applying for disability benefits. There may be some cases in which you can collect both, but not often. Applying for unemployment is basically saying that you would work if you could find a job, while a person who applies for disability benefits is stating that he or she cannot perform substantial work due to an illness or injury.
- Assuming that you do not need a lawyer to help you through this process. All of these above mistakes could have been avoided with the consultation of an experienced attorney, saving applicants time and potentially securing benefits faster.
If your disability or condition prevents you from working, it is in your best interest to contact our Tulsa Social Security disability lawyers today. We offer free consultations and can be reached by phone at (918) 587-0050.