When you cannot work because of a disability, you may worry about your financial circumstances. Applying for and receiving disability benefits from Social Security can provide some relief.
According to the Social Security Administration, you can receive Social Security Disability Insurance benefits if you have paid Social Security taxes on your earnings for long enough and recently enough. To ensure you can receive these benefits quickly, there are mistakes you should avoid during the application process.
Failing to meet deadlines
You may have to meet certain deadlines as you go through the SSD application process. For example, if a disability examiner contacts you and requests more information, the request may come with a strict deadline.
Providing incomplete information
Adequate medical information can dictate whether you receive SSD benefits or not. As you apply for SSD benefits, ensure you include as much medical documentation as possible before presenting your case. It is helpful to gather all of this information before you get started.
Including incorrect details
The SSD application process requires that you submit a significant amount of information about yourself and your condition. Even providing a wrong telephone number for your physician or making a minor mistake on your application can slow down the process.
Before you submit your application for disability benefits, go through and make sure that the application is complete, and you provided correct information throughout. If you discover an error after submittal, you can revise your application, but this may spur a delay in the process.