Mistakes to Avoid when Applying for Social SecurityBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on January 19, 2015 | In Social Security Claims Process
It is common for individuals who are disabled to have their application for Social Security benefits denied. There are many mistakes that are easy to make when filing for Social Security Disability benefits, and all of them can affect the outcome of the application. Here are a few mistakes to avoid when applying for disability benefits:
- Going to work while applying for disability. You will not be able to collect disability benefits if you are capable of earning a certain amount each month without support. In 2015, the income limit is $1,165 per month.
- Collecting unemployment while waiting for disability coverage. Unemployment coverage is for people who will be able to return to work. Disability benefits are for those who are unable to perform work activities for at least a year.
- Failing to check the status of your claim. It is worthwhile to check on the status of your application regularly. If you do not follow up on your application, you may not be aware of any issues the administration is having, such as lost paperwork.
- Missing the disability hearing deadline. The majority of initial applications are denied. Failing to request a disability hearing in front of an administrative law judge in time will force you to start all over again.
- Not preparing for your hearing. The outcome will not change if you do not make an effort to strengthen your claim.
- Not following doctor’s orders. During the application process, the administration will evaluate the credibility of your statements. If you are not taking your medications or if you have missed appointments with your doctor, the SSA may determine that your condition is not serious.
- Failing to obtain a supportive doctor. You will need the support and attention of your doctor to obtain benefits. The administration requires recent medical records and a lengthy supportive statement from your doctor. If your doctor is unresponsive, you will need to find one who is.
It is also a mistake to assume that you cannot afford a social security disability attorney. Having legal guidance throughout the claim process is crucial to getting the benefits you need. Contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office for immediate assistance.