Social Security Disability Mistakes
It can be difficult enough on its own to win a social security disability or SSI disability case. But the last thing a claimant should do is commit one of a number of simple mistakes that can potentially make it harder to win a case. Of course, if the disability benefit evaluation system worked as it should (i.e. decisions were made properly within a reasonable amount of time), the entire notion of a claimant "making a mistake on a case" would be null and void. However, the system as it exists, is far from such a state. And, therefore, claimants really need to consider how they can best optimize their chances of winning.
So, here's a collection of posts from this blog that address various mistakes to avoid when either filing for disability benefits, or filing an appeal after a disability claim has been denied.
1. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 1:
Not filling out your disability application completely
2. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 2:
Not checking the status of your disability case
3. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 3:
Calling the wrong source for information
4. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 4:
Waiting too long to file an appeal
5. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 5:
Assuming you can't afford a disability attorney
6. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 6:
Assuming you cannot win your disability case
7. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 7:
Believing there is nothing you can do to improve your chances of winning disability benefits
8. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 8:
Thinking you can't win disability if you don't go to the doctor much
9. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 9:
Assuming you won't receive disability back pay
10. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 10:
Assuming the disability process is too complicated or confusing for you to understand
11. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 11:
Automatically assuming your doctor supports your disability case
12. Social Security Disability Mistake Number 12:
Thinking you can't file for disability unless your condition is worse than it is
Of course, this is just a short list of things to consider when filing for disability benefits. Other mistakes to avoid include the following:
1. Not indicating your most recent medical treatment to both your disability attorney and to the social security administration (neither your representative nor SSA can obtain your most recent medical records if they are not aware that you've received recent treatment).
2. Changing your contact information without passing it on to the individuals who need it most, such as your disability representative and the social security administration. In the case of SSA, this would mean contacting the social security office where you filed and letting them know that your mailing address and phone number have changed.
3. Failing to be compliant with your prescribed medications. Many claimants would be surprised to learn that failing to take the medications that you have been directed to take by your treating physician can actually form the basis for a denial of your case, but it can. And the last place you want to find that reality out is at your hearing.
However, I would say the biggest mistake made by disability claimants is simply...giving up on a case after it has been denied the first time. And on that subject I will post a blog entry sometime soon.
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