When you complete your disability application, it is important to have all of the information and documentation in order. Make sure everything is done correctly to avoid having to appeal later on. Disability application mistakes can cost your application to be denied.
In most cases, your application will be denied if you’re still working because you will be going against what you’re claiming. If you make over $1,170 per month, you will be denied.
2) Filing for Disability too Soon.
Because your disability must be expected to last for at least 12 months, if you file too soon it will be harder to prove that you have a long-term condition. The examiner may suspect that your condition will improve before you qualify for benefits. It must be established that your condition will last that long before you try to apply.
3) Filing a Claim Without Sufficient Medical Evidence.
The backbone of your application is the medical documentation that you have to back it up. If you do not provide substantial and qualifying medical documentation, your application will be denied. This is one of the worst disability application mistakes. You cannot rely on the consultative exam providing enough information. These exams usually do not provide enough evidence to prove a disability by itself. You need to submit medical documentation from a doctor. This includes all visits, your diagnosis and prescribed medications.
4) Submitting Medical Evidence, But not Following it.
Sometimes applicants think that the treatment may interfere with the severity of their condition and prevent them from getting approved. Part of the approval process is the review of your treatments and your responses to those treatments. If you are not following your doctor’s advice, your application could be denied. It is important to follow the treatment that is outlined on your medical evidence that you’re submitting.
5) Not Obtaining an Attorney.
An attorney is a valuable asset during this process. Even during the application stage, this professional can help you make sure everything is in order. A lawyer will be even more helpful during the appeals process should it come to that.
By avoiding common disability application mistakes, you will increase your chances of your application being approved. Contact us with any questions.