Annually, almost 3 million people apply for the Social Security Disability Insurance program. On an average, only 35% of these applications are accepted while a whopping 65% are rejected due to several reasons. Some of the applications are rejected because the people applying do not meet the eligibility criteria, while most are denied due to errors made during the application process by the applicants. Due to their complex and arduous nature, SSDI applications are quite difficult to fill out without proper guidance.
Therefore, applicants tend to seek the advice of reputable social security disability lawyers while filling out their SSDI applications. Some of the most common mistakes people make while applying for the aforementioned federal insurance program:
- Applying too soon – Rookie Mistake
One of the most common mistakes people make is applying too early. The eligibility criteria for the social security and disability stipulates that the person in question should have been disabled for a minimum of 12 months. By applying sooner than 12 months, it becomes extremely difficult to prove that your disability is permanent or would last for an exceptionally long-term, leading to rejections.
- Failure to follow prescribed treatment plans
Another common mistake people make is failing to follow the prescribed medical treatment(s), which could potentially improve their health. More often people also decide to neglect medical advice, believing that the treatment might decrease the severity of their disability and hence make them ineligible for disability benefits. A social security examiner tends to review your medical treatment history before accepting or denying your claim. Therefore, if the examiner finds that you have not utilized all possible treatments suggested by your doctor; your application would be denied.
- Not providing evidence of disability themselves
A common misbelief among applicants is that the consultative examination conducted by the SSDI administration would provide ample evidence to substantiate their claims. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The sole purpose of the examination conducted by the SSDI administration is to prove or disapprove the medical evidence presented by you along with your application. In order to build a solid and undeniable claim, you must be able to provide medical evidence regarding your disability and its severity yourself.
If you wish to seek further information about this subject or discuss your SSDI application with a social security disability lawyer, contact the offices of Harold W. Conick & Associates at (800) 608-8881 to schedule a free consultation.