Social Security Disability applicants sometimes make mistakes that impair their chances of getting the help they need and deserve. Avoid these common mistakes:
1. Failing to speak to your doctor about your disability and your functional limitations.
It is imperative that you be evaluated by a doctor. Discuss your disability and seek clinical opinions regarding your physical and functional limitations. It is also essential to your Social Security Disability claim that you are able to provide proper documentation of these visits and recommendations.
2. Continuing to smoke, drink or abuse drugs.
These habits are not only harmful to your health; they can be damaging to your chances of receiving benefits. In order to qualify for assistance, you have to show that you are doing your part in staying as healthy as possible.
3. Not treating all of your conditions.
Many applicants have issues that go beyond debilitating physical injuries (e.g., depression, anxiety). It is your responsibility to treat and monitor all of your health conditions.
4. Giving up on trying to work, trying to get better, on trying to get treatment.
The road can be difficult and discouraging, but we urge you not to give up! Try your best heal, work (without endangering your recovery) and seek treatment whenever possible.
5. Exaggerating, spinning or twisting facts at the hearing.
A major factor in qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits is honesty. We strongly urge anyone applying for SSDI to be as truthful and thorough as possible with healthcare providers, attorneys and the judges who will be hearing your claim.
6. Failing to treat, or allowing gaps in treatment.
You must continue your treatment. Show that you are making every effort to get better or to maintain your health. It hurts your chances of receiving benefits if you allow lapses in your treatment or cannot show that you are doing your best to take care of yourself.
7. Believing Social Security Disability benefits are an “entitlement.”
Disability insurance requires medical and vocational proof – and you bear the burden of providing it. While navigating the SSDI application process, understand what it is you’re asking for. Disability benefits are designed to help provide income to individuals unable to hold down jobs due to a physical or mental disability. You must show that you are in need of the benefits, that you have exhausted other options, and have done your best to take care of yourself.
8. Inadequately describing what your day-to-day life and activities are like.
Some SSDI applicants don’t provide the full picture of their life and difficulties. While your day might consist of taking care of your kids, doing chores around the house, cooking meals and making beds; you should explain the toll those tasks take on you.
How many breaks do you have to take when performing tasks? Are you unable to keep up with your children? Do you have trouble sleeping, or do you have to take medication for pain? All of these details about your quality of life and what you’re doing to treat the pain are important and should not be left out of your application.
The good news is, you don’t have to go through this alone. Our team of SSDI attorneys is here to help you, so call us today for a free case evaluation on your SSDI claim at 1-877-846-4878 or click here to fill out a free case evaluation form.