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Mistakes to avoid when applying for SSD benefits

| Apr 2, 2018 | Blog |

If you are a disabled Amelia area resident and getting ready to file for social security disability benefits because a workplace accident has left you disabled, you need to understand that the approval process can take some time. Most first-time applicants end up waiting up to two years to learn if they will receive benefits or not. Currently, the approval percentage of SSDI applications received is one-third. 

In addition to the eligibility criteria, there are many factors that can affect the outcome of your claim. Because the claims process is complex, it is important for you not to rush while filing. Mistakes can cause delays and may result in a denial of Social Security Disability benefits. Consider the following common mistakes that applicants make so you can avoid them. 


One common reason SSD claimants end up with denials has to do with inconsistencies. The Social Security Administration requires applicants to provide truthful and accurate information. It is not uncommon for people to put contradicting information on the forms. Carefully review all information you provide on your claim to ensure there are no inconsistencies, mistakes, misspellings, wrong dates and inaccurate details. 

Working while filing 

The Social Security Disability program provides benefits for individuals who are unable to maintain gainful employment because of disability. Working any kind of job while trying to claim benefits is contradictory to the fact that you are unable to work. There are no hard rules prohibiting claimants from working. However, doing so might hurt your chances for approval. 

Lack of information 

Sometimes, representatives from the Social Security Disability program will reach out to claimants for more information. They might call and send correspondence by mail informing of the information they need. If you do not respond, miss interviews and forget to provide the details they need by the deadline, they are likely to deny your benefits. 

Many people find the SSDI application complex and tedious. If you are thinking about filing a social security disability claim, you might want to speak with an attorney for guidance.