Applying for social security disability can be confusing, complex, time consuming, and frustrating. It is also intimidating due to the fact that approximately 70% of all applications are denied.
So what are the common mistakes made when applying for social security disability benefits?
- Incomplete Work History. Work history and whether an applicant can perform past relevant work is important in determining whether your application is approved. This particularly becomes important for older applicants. Providing accurate job data is critical. It is important that you describe the jobs you performed in the last fifteen years in detail. Describing physical requirements of the jobs is crucial. How much lifting is required? How much walking and standing are required? How much bending, twisting, stooping, and crouching are involved? All of these job requirements are important in determining whether you can do past relevant work and whether you can perform other jobs at other exertional job classifications
- Inaccurate Work History. Many applicants think padding their job responsibilities will put them in better light with those that review applications. Not only is that unimportant, but it can damage your chances of winning benefits. Describing your job positions inaccurately can certainly lead to a finding that you can perform past relevant work, and therefore an application denial. You are not out to impress social security. For example, if you have never supervised an employee, then do not indicate that you did performs supervisory roles. Be honest about your job responsibilities and functions. Certain job functions that you may have never performed, but you feel may be impressive, could lead to an application denial.
- Treatment History. All of your medical records will be reviewed. All medical records are important. It is imperative that you provide social security all of your treating medical providers from the date you allege your disability began, to the current. Often, social security denies applications due to lack of medical evidence. When a denial letter is received, many clients tell me that social security never listed or reviewed one of their medical providers. More than likely, the missing records were due to the fact the applicant forgot to list that medical doctor. Social security can only review the information you provide.
- You waited too long. You can read about work credits and the ever important Date of Last Insured, right here. Bottom line is, before applying, if you have not worked in a few years, you should make a simple call to the local SSA office to determine that your ‘Last Date of Insured’ is still current. In order to be eligible for social security disability, you MUST be determined to be disabled PRIOR to your last Date of Insured.
- Vagueness. Many applicants make the wrong decision to be vague with their answers. Giving one word or ‘Yes and No’ answers does you no good in explaining your disabilities, pain, and limitations to those reviewing your application. Take your time and explain your limitations thoroughly.
Again, the social security disability applications is tedious and frustrating. One quick way to ease your mind, frustration and confusions about the process is by calling Mooney Law. Let us prepare and submit your application for you. That you can be assured that your application is thorough and complete. Not only do I represent clients that have been denied social security disability, but Mooney law also completes and submits initial applications for benefits. Call today at 833-MOONEYLAW. Call today for a FREE consultation to begin the application process. As always, if you are denied social security disability, call us right away. You only have 60 days to appeal a denial. We represent disabled clients throughout Pennsylvania. We are a Pennsylvania social security disability law firm.