How Do I Complete a Disability Benefits Application?
The Coye Law Firm is dedicated to helping individuals and families recover from the financial stresses that result from a disabling injury or illness. By avoiding mistakes in the disability application process, people may have an easier time trying to get disability benefits. We want to point out the common mistakes that people may make on their initial application for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.
1. Not Applying as Soon as You CanAs soon as you are unable to work due to a disabling condition or injury, apply for benefits. The waiting period for benefits can range anywhere from three to five months. If you're out of work and not earning an income, you and your family need those benefits as soon as you can get them.
2. Not Including ALL of Your Ailments
Some people consider their most recent or severe injuries or conditions when filling out an application for disability benefits. It is understandable why they think that this might help them, but it can really hurt the effectiveness of the application. The SSA needs to know in every aspect how a person is disabled. You should include physical injuries, mental conditions, regulated diseases such as diabetes, and all other conditions that contribute to your daily hardships.
3. Exaggerating Your Ailments
The best advice in describing your disability is to do it truthfully. Don't leave any conditions out, but don't exaggerate them either. Some people may act like their pain is much worse than it is during a doctor's exam in order to show that their life is negatively affected. But this does nothing but show a doctor or medical professional that you bend the truth from time to time. The SSA wants to pay for true claims, so be honest in your application.
4. Waiting Too Long to Appeal
You only have 60 days from receiving a denial letter to file an appeal. As soon as you find out that you were denied, call a disability attorney. It is absolutely essential that you follow the SSA's appeals procedure and deadlines in the correct way. If you're after a favorable decision, you will want to play by their rules.
5. Not Hiring a Lawyer to Represent You in an Appeal
An experienced attorney knows how to navigate an appeal for a denied disability claim. People who elect to represent themselves can quickly become overwhelmed with the paperwork, deadlines, jargon, and offices they have to deal with. The disability lawyers at the Coye Law Firm represent claimants on a contingency basis. This means that you don't pay us any money unless we win your case. If you do win, we collect a percentage of your back benefits so you never pay for our services out of your own pocket.