When you have a condition or disability that keeps you from working, you may feel desperate for a helping hand. The process involved in applying for Social Security Disability Benefits is not always a fast or smooth one, and certain errors have the potential to set things back even further.
When applying for SSDI from the U.S. Social Security Administration, Medical New Today reports that you may be able to speed things up by avoiding these three common mistakes.
Mistake 1: Missing deadlines
The SSA denies the majority, or about two-thirds, of all initial SSDI claims. However, many applicants are able to successfully appeal these decisions, but there is a specific timeline you must follow when filing your appeal. Missing the deadline means you have to start the entire application process over again.
Mistake 2: Misrepresenting your disability
Many SSDI applicants misrepresent their disabilities. In some cases, pride makes people downplay the extent of their conditions, but doing so may cost you your approval. Similarly, some applicants overstate the severity of their disabilities. This is unwise because you musty undergo continued disability reviews as time goes on to make sure you still qualify for benefits.
Mistake 3: Throwing in the towel
Many applicants give up their quests for benefits following a claim denial. However, giving up before filing an appeal may result in you failing to get the benefits you truly need.
Avoiding these common mistakes may help you avoid delays with regard to your SSDI claim. It may also improve the chances of the SSA approving you for benefits.