Filing for SSD: Common Mistakes to Avoid
More than half of all
Social Security disability claims are denied on the first round, and in many cases, this is because
of mistakes during the application process. You have the opportunity to
appeal your claim denial, and while you are not required to be represented
by an attorney, an experienced attorney can help you fill out your SSD
application or request for appeal thoroughly and accurately so that you
can get the benefits you deserve.
Shook & Stone is here to help you whether you are at the initial application
phase or you need to appeal a denied claim due to application mistakes.
To apply for disability, you must fill out an application and bring it
to your local Social Security Administration office. You may also be able
to apply for disability benefits online. Because of the high denial rate,
it is important that you fill out your application completely and correctly.
Below is a list of common mistakes people make on the first-round application.
Failure to provide sufficient medical records. This includes a list of every physician who treated you for your injury/disability,
official diagnoses of your condition(s), a complete list of scheduled
appointments, list of prescribed medications, and more.
Listed job history was incomplete. To apply for Social Security disability benefits, you must list out your
complete work history.
Income listed does not match your tax records. Your financial history, including all sources of income, must match your
tax records (W-2 forms).
Inaccurate technical details. Applying for SSD will require inputting certain codes and ID numbers,
such as your employee ID, your employer's ID, social security number,
etc. If any of these codes are wrong, your application could be denied.
Typos and grammatical errors. Even some typos and grammatical errors in your application could confuse
the meaning and result in a denied application.
If an Application Mistake Resulted in Claim Denial
If your claim for benefits was denied due to an application mistake, you
are not alone. Such a detailed and complex application process leaves
much room for error. Thankfully, our firm is here to help. If you were
denied and you would like to file an appeal in hopes of getting that denied
reversed, contact Shook & Stone today.
If You Have Not Yet Applied and Want to Avoid Application Mistakes
If you need to file for Social Security disability benefits but have not
started the process yet, our firm can assist you. We have helped many
people from the initial application process. Our goal is to help you avoid
common mistakes and pitfalls that can lead to claim denials. We want your
claim to be approved the first time around, so contact us today if you
would like assistance with the application process.
Call (888) 662-2013 today!