Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Social Security

Helping to Smoothly Navigate the Social Security Benefits Application Process
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After more than 34 years of legal experience, our law firm, William C.O. Reaves, P.S.C., knows the mistakes to avoid when applying for Social Security benefits. Contact William C.O. Reaves online or at 606-547-4419 to schedule your free initial consultation.

Ashland, Kentucky, Social Security Disability Attorney, Offering Advice to Avoid Common Pitfalls

The most common mistake that can be easily avoided when applying for Social Security Disability (SSD)/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is failure to complete the forms and questionnaires that are a part of the application process. It does not matter if they are requesting the same information on a different form; it also does not matter if they send you the same form that you have already filled out, but it now requests different information. These are how you explain your conditions, changes that have happened and give new medical treatment information. This will help your claim. If the Social Security Administration requests information, it is important that you provide it in the manner they request that you provide it in.

Another common mistake is failing to file an appeal within 60 days of the date of denial. This is a very strict deadline and must be met. Timeliness is of crucial importance throughout the benefits process — working with an attorney experienced and knowledgeable of the SSI/SSD process will ensure that the appropriate information is filed within the relevant timeframe.

You must also be sure that you have been entirely upfront with your physician. Unless you have told your doctor about your actual functional physical limitations and in what situations you require assistance in performing your job, this information will not be in your doctor records and available in any subsequent hearings related to your receipt of SSD/SSI benefits. This information is some of what the Social Security Administration is looking for when they consider your need for benefits.

Ohio and West Virginia Residents Have the Same Concerns

To learn more about how you can avoid common mistakes when applying for Social Security, contact an Ashland, Kentucky, Social Security Disability lawyer from our law firm online or at 606-547-4419. William C.O. Reaves will take the time to answer all of your questions.