Common Mistakes After Your SSD Application Is Denied

Common Mistakes After Your SSD Application Is Denied

The initial process of applying for Social Security disability (SSD) can be a tricky one, especially because you need to include a wealth of information regarding your condition (that you’ll have for at least one year or until death) and why it is you can’t work any job that would provide you with gainful employment. Without sufficient evidence, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may give you a medical or technical denial.

While in other circumstances a “no” is the end of the road, you can appeal the initial decision from the SSA and schedule a hearing to try and get your application approved.

There are a variety of reasons an application may be denied. Some of the most common include:

  • Lack of sufficient medical evidence
  • Earning too much to qualify (more than $1,220 per month or $1,970 if you’re blind)
  • Not having paid enough into social security
  • Taking too much time off of work before applying
  • Not submitting to required testing or exams by the SSA

What to Do if Your Claim Is Denied

If you’re application is not approved from the start, it doesn’t mean you should call it quits. Here are some common mistakes people make when their application is denied:

  • Giving up: The SSA has a dedicated appeals process that people can go through, and the Social Security disability and Resource Center reports that many people who go through the appeals process have a good chance of being approved. First, you can appeal for a reconsideration, and if you get another denial you can apply for a disability hearing in front of an administrative law judge.
  • Filing a new application: Instead of appealing, many people will file an entirely new claim. Unfortunately, though it happens pretty frequently, this often ends in the same result as the first application—a denial. This is because the new application is probably similar to (if not the same as) the first one.
  • Trying to correct wrong information: If you accidentally made a mistake and provided inaccurate information on your application, this may lead to a denial initially. Instead of trying to go back and correct the error, move forward and use the appeals process to explain and clarify the information.
  • Missing the deadline: You may not realize there is a deadline to file an appeal, or it may slip your mind. In either case, missing the deadline most likely means you’ll have to start the process over again. You have 60 days from the time your initial claim is denied to file for an appeal.
  • Underestimating your disability: In some cases, you may underestimate the seriousness of your condition and how it affects your life. Because of this, you may not have provided enough information or you may have trouble admitting fully that you can’t work any longer. If you are denied because of this, it’s important to come to terms with your disability so you can speak truthfully about your situation during the appeals process.
  • Not seeking professional help: It’s generally in your best interest to speak with or hire an Social Security attorney or advocate who specializes in SSD because they understand how challenging this process is. They also have the background knowledge necessary in order to file everything correctly to improve your chances of an approval.

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