The Social Security Administration had and will be rejecting insufficient and erroneous applications of people wanting to receive disability benefits.
Some of these rejected applicants are eligible for disability benefits. However, they might have committed mistakes and made unwise decisions that had jeopardized their potential for receiving the much-needed benefits. Here are some of the common mistakes that applicants commit:
- Delaying the application for the benefits. Keep in mind that the determination process will take up several months which will further delay the benefits that will be received.
- Not citing mental conditions. Some believe that only people disabled by their physical conditions are eligible to receive disability benefits. Be reminded that the applicant's mental condition can also be used as a basis in determining his disability.
- Failing to disclose vital information. During interviews and submission of documents, be sure that everything that proves your disability is submitted to the agency. Never assume that the SSA personnel will be the one to detect other disabilities that you may have. Also, you must sign consent that will allow the personnel to discuss your condition with your physician or anyone who can verify it
- Failing to appeal decisions. Rejected applicants have the right to file an appeal regarding SSA's decision. Once the SSA sent you a notice after determining that you are not eligible for benefits, you must resolve whether the reason they gave you is good enough or if you can file an appeal to prove that it is not true.
- Thinking that lawyers are expensive and unnecessary. During the appeals process, rejected applicants are not required to have a lawyer. However, it is expected that they will be able to abide by the procedure and file necessary documents.
A lawyer's services are crucial in winning an appeal. The fee that will be paid to them is relatively small as compared to what the applicant will get once he wins the appeal. These lawyers will be able to advise his client of what he can and should not do during the appeals process. Also, these lawyers will come in handy if the case will be brought to the federal courts where the applicant will go up against social security disability lawyers who will try to prove his ineligibility.
So, be strategic and make sure that a lawyer will assist you in earlier stages of the appeal so that you won't waste time and resources in proving your eligibility.