Here are 12 mistakes we see people make in applying for Disability benefits:
1. Not applying soon enough – months of eligibility can be lost.
2. Taking ‘no’ for an answer – not appealing a denial.
3. Taking ‘yes’ for an answer – accepting a late onset date and thus reducing the back benefit award.
4. Not verifying that all medical records are in the file.
5. Not requesting that prior applications be re- opened.
6. Not going for regular treatments for claimed dis- abilities.
7. Missing appeal deadlines, or not applying again if this happened.
8. Believing that a simple note from a doctor saying you are “disabled” is enough to win.
9. Filling out claim forms or online applications before talking to a local lawyer.
10. Not considering depression as an aspect of an ill- ness.
11. Not knowing that you can be eligible for workers’ compensation, VA benefits and other private insur- ance programs at the same time as Social Security disability payments.
12. Thinking you can’t afford a lawyer: fees are only paid if you win.
Why are these costly mistakes? If they are made, how can they be remedied? We’d be glad to explain, give us a call!