Social Security Disability (SSD) is a very valuable program for disabled workers who are incapable of working and supporting themselves, let alone their loved ones. Since workers pay into the system, it only makes sense that they should collect when the day comes that they sorely need disability benefits.
Disability benefits are not easy to come by. They are strictly reserved for individuals whose medical conditions are debilitating and will last at least a year or result in death. Since it’s difficult for people to qualify, it’s critical that they are thorough on their applications and keep the Social Security Administration (SSA) informed after they’ve been approved for disability benefits.
If you’re planning on applying for disability benefits, here’s our list of don’ts.
- Don’t apply for benefits by yourself. The application process is daunting for the average person and it’s especially difficult for individuals suffering with certain medical conditions that affect their cognitive thinking skills. If you wish to apply for disability, seek the help of a qualified Social Security Disability lawyer who can ensure your application is completed correctly and in a timely manner.
- Don’t skip your doctors’ appointments. If your doctor tells you to schedule follow-up visits or advises you to have specific treatment, don’t ignore your doctor’s orders. If you fail to listen to your doctor, the SSA can think that you’re not doing what you can to treat your medical condition.
- Don’t lose touch with the SSA. Once you start receiving disability benefits, you must keep the SSA updated on any changes in your medical condition, your address, your work, and your income. For example, if your income increases and you fail to notify the SSA, this can affect your monthly benefits.
- Don’t be afraid to return to work, but do tell the SSA. If you begin receiving disability benefits and your medical condition improves, don’t be afraid to try going back to work, but do keep the SSA in the loop. The SSA encourages you to go back to work, but at the same time the agency understands that it’s a delicate situation. If you go back to work and realize it’s too soon, the SSA will work with you to help you continue receiving benefits. Ask an attorney about the SSA’s work incentives and the Ticket to Work Program.
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