Many people in California apply for Social Security Disability Insurance only to receive a denial. Often, a denial can come about for reasons that have nothing to do with your actual disability. It can happen because of a simple mistake on the application. Here are some of the more common mistakes people make and how to avoid them.
1. Not Understanding the Eligibility Requirements for SSDI
One of the most common mistakes that lead to a denial is ineligibility. Your eligibility for SSDI will depend on a number of factors. It's a good idea to speak to someone or peruse the SSA website and other resources before you do anything.
You must not only meet eligibility requirements but also maintain your eligibility. Even if you are eligible, your application may indicate that your disability won't last for too long, which can also lead to a denial.
2. Not Cooperating With the Social Security Administration
When you submit an application for SSDI, the SSA will contact you. Make sure you respond to all phone calls and correspondence. Follow the rules and guidelines that the SSA sets out for SSDI applications. Meet all deadlines, and show up when you're requested to. Cooperation can make all the difference between an initial denial and acceptance of your application.
3. Not Including Adequate Medical Documentation
A lack of proper medical documentation can cause the SSA to reject your application offhand. This also applies to submitting the wrong documentation, or not enough of the documentation that the SSA asks for.
Without adequate documentation, you lack the evidence of a disability. Improper documentation can also make it seem your disability isn't as serious as it really is. Submit everything you can regarding your condition, and definitely submit everything the SSA asks for.
4. Not Showing That You're Following Recommended Treatments
You can receive a denial if you're not following medical recommendations for treatment of your condition. Make sure you follow prescription regimens and scheduled physician visits. Show up to all appointments, even if they're only administrative rather than medical in nature.
Keep proof of your actions and activities. Supply the proof with your medical documentation, or immediately if the SSA requests them.
5. Not Keeping the SSA Updated With Your Current Contact and Living Information
If you change your address, phone number, employer or anything else, let the SSA know. If the SSA cannot contact you, they will likely deny your application. Familiarize yourself with the location and contact information of your local social security office.
Communication plays a large role in the SSDI procedure. If you have a life-changing situation, switch doctors or make changes that affect your disability, let the SSA know. If you're unsure about what you should or shouldn't tell the SSA, contact them and ask. Don't make guesses or take chances.
6. Not Utilizing Help With Your Application
One large mistake many people make is foregoing assistance with their SSDI application. Speaking to a legal professional can help you avoid all of these mistakes and many more. While legal assistance isn't a guarantee, it does offer you a far better chance of having your application go through the first time around.
If you do receive a denial for any reason, you must appeal it. Many people receive their benefits on appeal, but the process isn't always easy. Once again, it helps to have an SSI attorney in California to help you through the system.
At the Law Offices of Betsy H. Alberts, we want to help you get the SSDI process right the first time. Even if you filed before speaking to us, we are more than happy to guide you through the appeal process. Contact us immediately about your SSDI benefits.