If you’ve applied for Social Security disability benefits and you’ve been denied, don’t give up.  Over 70% of all initial claims will be denied.  You can challenge a benefits decision by Social Security Administration by appeal but you only have 60 days to begin the appeal.

The Social Security Disability Insurance program is administered under a process that requires applicants to meet certain guidelines. It also includes several levels of review and disability appeals.  The guidelines are stringent and it’s very easy to miss an important deadline and have to start the process all over again.

Take a look at the most common mistakes people make when filing their own claim:

  • Missing the appeal deadline.  If this happens you have to file your initial claim all over again and may miss out on back benefits.
  • Deciding not to appeal.  The process may seem so stressful and overwhelming it’s just easier to accept the denial.  Don’t make that mistake; you’ve paid into the system through years of hard work.  It’s your right to receive the benefits you deserve.
  • Not providing the right information. Meeting with Social Security Disability examiner can be stressful and it’s easy to forget details about your medical history or the effects of your disability on your job performance.
  • Not keeping important records.   Good record keeping is absolutely necessary for a favorable decision.
  • Underestimating the Extent of Your Disability.  Many people do not realize the modifications they have made in their life to cope with their disability and make not express the extent to which their condition has worsened.
  •  Declining to use Representation.  Most cases that reach the appeal level have representation.   Our Disability Lawyers are dedicated to helping you navigate the social security administrations processes and procedures and helping you with your social security claim.