Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are a vital safety net for individuals who are unable to continue working due to a physical or mental disability. However, the program has strict guidelines, and there are several common mistakes you must avoid to increase your chance of being approved for benefits.
1. Waiting Too Long
Getting approved for SSD benefits can be a time-consuming process. If you exhaust your own resources before you apply, you risk putting your finances in jeopardy while you wait to be approved.
You should assume that it will take several months, if not years, to be approved for SSD benefits. If you believe you will need to apply for disability, it’s best to cut back on non-essential expenses immediately. Being proactive gives you the financial breathing room you need.
2. Applying Too Early
While waiting too long to apply for benefits is problematic, applying too early can also trigger a denial. SSD benefits are for conditions that are supposed to last one year or more. If your doctor hasn’t clearly established how long your condition is expected to last, you risk having your application denied due to the assumption that your condition will improve.
Additionally, it’s best to wait until you’ve stopped working to apply for benefits. SSD is a program for people with impairments that prevent them from seeking gainful employment. If you are working when you apply, officials may assume your condition does not prevent you from continuing to do so.
3. Not Going to the Doctor
You may believe that your disabling condition is obvious, but approval for SSD benefits requires extensive medical evidence. See a doctor regularly, and seek treatment from a specialist for your disabling condition, if possible. Let your care provider know you plan to apply for disability benefits, so he can make sure your medical records best support your claim.
4. Not Following Your Doctor’s Orders
If you disagree with your doctor’s treatment recommendations, discuss the issue and see if there is an alternative option. Do not simply skip physical therapy appointments or stop taking prescribed medication. When you don’t follow your doctor’s orders, you cast doubt on the seriousness of your condition.
5. Not Calling an Attorney
An attorney familiar with the SSD application process can help you avoid common mistakes and increase your odds of being approved for disability benefits. At Alperin Law, we have extensive experience helping Virginia residents access the benefits they need to provide for themselves and their families. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you will not need to pay for representation until your claim is approved.
Have You Or A Loved One Been Denied Social Security Disability Benefits?
If you or a loved on has been denied Social Security Disability Benefits you need to speak with an experienced SSD attorney as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Virginia Beach office directly at 757.490.3500 to schedule your free consultation. We have offices throughout Virginia including Chesapeake, Newport News, Norfolk and Suffolk.