Biggest Mistakes People Make in Applying for Disability

Here are some of the biggest mistakes we see people make in applying for disability benefits:

1. Not applying soon enough – many months of potential eligibility could be lost.
2. Taking ‘no’ for an answer – not appealing a denial.
3. Taking ‘yes’ for an answer – and accepting a late onset date and thus reducing the back benefit award.
4. Not verifying that all medical records are in the file.
5. Failing to request that any prior applications be re-opened.
6. Neglecting regular treatments for claimed disabilities.
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 illness.
11. Not knowing that you can be eligible for workers’ compensation, VA benefits and other private insurance programs at the same time as Social Security disability payments.
12. Thinking you can’t afford a lawyer: contingency 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, please give us a call for a free consultation.