A very common misconception among SSDI appliers is everyone thinks that they would be denied the first time. However, the fact is, only two-thirds of the first timers are denied at first attempt. Yet, the most strong cases are not denied and are almost immediately approved for the SSDI.
The top most cause of a Social Security denial varies for each case – it could be because you did not meet the Medical requirements to prove the case, you lied about your work credits or you do not have enough work credits to be eligible. Perhaps another yet very common cause is your case may not be met by the SSDI requirements but may be eligible for the Social Security Income benefits, SSI.
So, once your disability benefits are denied, the most sensible question to ask is, what is the next step forward. Well, for the starters, we say do not be disappointed. According to statistics, 60% of the SSDI claimants who were denied benefits the first time ended up being approved the next time (if they met the necessary conditions for SSDI). This articles deals with the common mistakes that you could make that could jeopardize your disability claims forever. Let's read on (4 min read):
- I.You filed a new claim
Although you can file for a new application, the process could take longer with you having to wait for another 6 months to one year to be able to make the claim. Also, filing a new claim could mean making the same mistakes again that resulted in your first disability claim denied in the first place. On the other hand, filing for an appeal or letting an ALJ judge decide could result in higher chances of your disability claim being approved.
- II.You missed the Appeals deadline
This could happen due to various reasons, one reason not being able to keep up with the appeals deadline due to work load, anxiety due to financial depression, etc. A cause behind these is being depressed due to your claims being denied. Another reason may be because you were looking for a disability attorney to file for an appeals case on your behalf, but were unable to do so in time.
- III.You decided not to Appeal
One reason behind the decision not to appeal is not having enough confidence in your disability application. Many people think their disability is not extreme enough after being denied disability claims the first time. However, the reason for your denial may not always due to medical reasons. It could consist of many factors such as your physician's report not being able to explain your disability properly. Or simply because you have another source of income despite being unable to perform substantial gainful activity, SGA.
- IV.You wasted time trying to correct the mistakes in your previous Disability application
Most people decide to go for Trial and Error by filing for another disability application by themselves after being denied disability claims the first time. However, deciding to tweak your medical or work facts in the next application may actually backfire. Remember, whatever details you submitted in your first application always remain with the Social Security Administration, SSA examiners forever. This means that lying or twisting the facts on your next disability claim can actually damage your cause further.
- V.You provided inadequate information in your previous Disability application
Filing for a disability claims process is easy to navigate and is made to be a Do-it-Yourself, DIY. However, taking matters into your own hand being disabled at the same time may not be the best option for you. For instance, you could miss out on key medical facts while filling up your ssdi application form, thus undermining your disability unknowingly. Another reason is your physician being not supportive of your disability claims process. He/she may not hide key medical information knowingly, yet fail to provide an adequate report that proves that you are unable to perform substantial gainful activity due to your disability. For instance, you may be able to take a shower without domestic help by having disabled-friendly installations such as grills or bath chairs in your bathroom – or simply because you get help through a full time caretaker at home.
Lastly, many disability claimants remain unaware that they could hire a disability advocate at any stage of the process. Remember a disability advocate can help save you your time, heavy costs and emotional turmoil during the whole process from the disability application to the follow-up calls, documentations, physician reports, employer reports etc.
If you or your loved one needs help at any stage of your disability claims process, you can take counsel of our professional disability advocates.