Common Mistakes to Avoid When You Apply for Disability Benefits
Did you know that when you apply for disability, you have only about a 35 percent chance of initial success? The majority of individuals go through the complicated, cumbersome application process only to experience the disappointment and frustration of receiving a notice of denial.
What Prevents the Approval of Benefits?
According to the Social Security Administration, there are a number of common mistakes people make when they apply for disability that greatly reduces the likelihood of initial approval:
- Waiting too long to apply for disability benefits
- Not consulting with a doctor about your condition
- Failing to go for a medical evaluation when requested by the SSA
- Failing to take medication as prescribed
- Lack of understanding of what to expect during the application process
Should You Consult with an Attorney Before You Apply for Disability Benefits?
Unless you are extremely familiar with the application process, seeking help from a disability attorney could be to your advantage. An attorney who has experience in dealing with SSI and SSD matters may be able to help you avoid many of the mistakes that lead to denial, particularly with regard to knowing what to expect from the application process. Your attorney can ascertain what medical records are needed to support your claim and what actually constitutes proof of disability, which may help to put the odds of initial approval in your favor.
What If Your Application Is Denied?
Even if you do everything “by the book” when you apply for disability, there is no guarantee that your claim will be approved. However, you do have the right to file an appeal. According to the SSA, another common mistake people make is not hiring legal representation to assist them with the appeal process. The SSA points out that having an attorney who can walk you through the appeal process and generally look out for your interests can increase your chances of winning on appeal.
Lisa M. Ritacco Can Help You Apply or File an Appeal in Phila., PA
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If you need help with the disability process, Ritacco Disability Law, a Pennsylvania-based social security disability law firm, may be able to assist you. Attorney Lisa M. Ritacco has focused her practice on disability issues. Whether you need guidance in how to apply or help with the appeal process, you’ll get a compassionate advocate for your legal rights.
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Not sure whether you should apply for disability or need help with any phase of the application or appeal process? Contact Lisa M. Ritacco for your free consultation today. Don’t let a lack of understanding prevent you from attaining the benefits you need to support your family.