Social Security Disability claims can be a daunting application process.

Below we review the top three major but all-too-common mistakes that can delay or even ruin your Social Security Disability claim.


The first mistake that is common is people simply waiting too long to apply for their disability benefits. Once you’ve stopped working because of an impairment and you believe you are going to be out for an extended period of time, it’s suggested that you apply for your disability benefits as soon as possible. The process can be long and painful so the sooner you start it, the better. Social Security is also an insurance policy so once you stop working and paying into it, that money stops accruing. The longer you wait, the more likely it is you may no longer be eligible.


The other mistake that is often made is people attempting to apply for disability benefits but providing incomplete information on their application. This mistake stalls the entire process and can even potentially lead to a denial when you should have been approved.


Another mistake people often make is simply not taking care of themselves. When you’re suffering from an impairment, it’s important to go to the doctor and follow their suggestions for treatment.


The final mistake that is all-too-common is people giving up too soon and not appealing a denial of their benefits. Social Security Disability claims often go through two, three, sometimes even four levels of appeal, so it’s important for you to keep fighting for the benefits that you deserve.


Those are some of the most common mistakes people make that delay or ruin their Social Security Disability claim.


If you have additional questions about common mistakes people make in their Social Security Disability claims, I want you to call me at 508-732-8989.


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