Every time you earn a paycheck, some of your money goes to the Social Security Administration (SSA). Most people recoup that money when they retire, but others need it earlier due to injuries or illnesses that prevent them from working. Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a lifesaver for many workers and their families, but getting approved for those benefits isn’t always easy.
The SSA has strict criteria for determining who is eligible to receive benefits, and many people with valid claims fall through the cracks due to small oversights or minor mistakes. At Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, we know how finicky and even unfair the SSA can be when it comes to approving applications. It’s our goal to help applicants get the money they deserve—and that includes helping them avoid mistakes.
3 Common Reasons SSD Applications Are Denied
In our years of assisting SSD applicants, we’ve found that the following mistakes account for many rejections and denials by the SSA:
- Waiting too long to apply for benefits—As soon as you become disabled, you should apply for benefits. The longer you wait to apply, the longer you go without the money you need and the more skeptical the SSA may be of your claim.
- Ignoring doctor’s orders—The SSA will carefully examine your medical care and records, including treatment protocols. If you don’t follow your doctor’s orders carefully or miss appointments and treatments, your claim may be denied.
- Applying or appealing without a lawyer’s help—The SSD benefits application process is complicated and lengthy. Paperwork must be submitted accurately and on time, and even minor mistakes can jeopardize claims. An experienced lawyer can make sure your application is complete and filed in a timely manner.
We’re here to help you avoid mistakes and to maximize your chances of getting the benefits you deserve. Call us today for a free consultation.