Common SSD Filing Mistakes
When filing for Social Security Disability (SSD), it is important that
you fill out all forms thoroughly and accurately. Many claims for SSD
are denied simply because the information an applicant provides is not
complete or correct. The Dallas Social Security Disability lawyers at
The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC have worked with countless SSD applicants.
Our attorneys know the necessary information to provide and ways to maximize
your chances for an approved SSD claim.
Errors People Often Make When Filing for SSD
Receiving unemployment benefits while applying for SSD.
Unemployment benefits and SSD benefits are two different programs with
conflicting goals, and receiving the first while applying for the second
can send mixed messages. Unemployment benefits are intended as support
to help a person without a job make ends meet and get the resources necessary
while looking for work. If you receive unemployment, the benefits are
supposed to be temporary and help you find employment.
On the other hand, SSD benefits are intended to replace work-related income
when a person has a severe injury or condition that prevents them from
working. Receiving unemployment—and communicating that you are actively
looking for work—can be used to deny a claim.
Applying for SSD when you make too much to qualify.
There is an upper limit for the amount of work-related monthly income (currently
$1,070) you can receive before applying for disability. If your income
exceeds the upper limit, you will likely be denied benefits. In addition,
your claim can be denied if the Social Security Administration (SSA) believes
that you can work more hours than you are currently working.
Thinking a SSD lawyer will be too expensive.
Typically, SSD lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning that you
do not pay unless they win your case. The SSA also has strict guidelines
that SSD attorneys must follow when devising fee agreements with clients
so that securing a lawyer will be an affordable process. Under an SSA-approved
fee arrangement, there are generally limits to how much a lawyer can charge
Not using a lawyer with knowledge of SSD or not using a lawyer at all.
In order for a lawyer to be able to help you with filing SSD claims, you
need an SSD attorney with experience in the process. While you can file
for a claim on your own, you can very easily make a common mistake or
oversight, but an SSD lawyer can help you meet the requirements.
Not following up on the status of your SSD claim.
It is important that anyone who files for SSD check on the status of their
claim regularly. A client-focused SSD attorney can keep you in the loop
and communicate regularly about your claim.
After you receive long-term disability, you work with insurance company
lawyers to fill out your Social Security claim.
Long-term disability (LTD) insurance companies will often require you to apply for SSD benefits
after you are approved for LTD. The insurance company is allowed to offset
the LTD benefits by the amount of SSD benefits you receive, reducing their
costs and the costs of premiums. If you work with lawyers from the insurance
company on the SSD application, they may advise you to make certain decisions
on your application that can affect your LTD claim.
Waiting too long to file for an appeal.
If your claim has been denied, you only have 60 days from when you receive
a denial letter to request an appeal hearing. If you do not meet this
deadline, you may have to start over again and file a completely new claim.
Not putting mental afflictions on your SSD application.
In addition to physical ailments, the SSA evaluates
mental conditions when considering an application for SSD. It is important to include thorough
medical information to have the best chance of receiving an approved claim.
Inadequate preparation for your hearing.
When preparing for your SSD claim hearing, it is important to have complete
and up-to-data medical records and statements from doctors. A skilled
SSD attorney can make sure that everything is in order during this stage
of the process.
Not following doctor's orders or seeing a doctor.
Your best chance of getting SSD benefits is seeing a doctor who can document
and assess your physical / mental ailments. The SSD process is much more
difficult without a doctor to support your claims.
If you are seeing a doctor, you should:
- Follow their recommendations
- Take all medications that they prescribe
Avoid Common Mistakes: Our Attorneys Can Help
At The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC, the firm's attorneys have handled
more than 1000 cases across the country, primarily Social Security Disability claims. To learn how the firm's SSD experience in the area may be able to
assist you, please
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today.