You may feel incredibly overwhelmed if you are needing to apply for Social Security Disability. There are a lot of instructions and rules that you need to follow. There are a lot of forms that you have to fill out. The whole process is very long and complicated, and as a result, filing for Social Security Disability takes a large amount of patience that most people do not have. Unfortunately, if you make a single error on your application, it can result in having to wait several months to have them fixed. Worse yet, you may even have your claim denied. Here are some of the mistakes that you will want to avoid as you start your application for Social Security Disability Insurance.
Failing to Fill Out the Forms in Full
As mentioned, you will have a lot of forms to fill out, and it is your responsibility to ensure that they are filled out completely. In the event that a particular question does not apply to you, you may assume that you don't need to fill it out. However, when a question does not apply to you, you must write down an answer. The appropriate answer, in this case, would be N/A.
As you fill out the forms, you may start to get sloppy because you are in such a hurry to get the forms over with. However, it is imperative that you write each and every answer as neatly as possible. If the caseworker reviewing your application is unable to read your answers, then they are unable to truly say that you answered the question properly. If you are unable to write neatly due to your condition, have someone else fill out the forms for you or type your answers.
Providing Incorrect Information
The information provided in your application must be 100 percent accurate. If it is not, then the information cannot be confirmed. For instance, if you accidentally put down the name of your dermatologist instead of your primary physician that diagnosed your condition that you are applying for Social Security Disability benefits for, then the caseworker reviewing your case will be unable to call your doctor to confirm the diagnosis of your medical condition. Double-check all information written on your application to ensure it is correct in every way.
Missing the Filing Deadline
When the Social Security Administration sends you the forms, you generally have 10 days to reply. Therefore, you don't have time to allow for the forms to sit on the dining room table. You must take action immediately. In the event that you do need additional time to get the forms filled out, you can contact the SSA and request an extension.
If you need assistance applying for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, you may want to consider consulting with a Social Security Disability lawyer who can help perform the necessary steps to maximize the chances of receiving approval the first time.