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4 Mistakes That Could Hurt Your SSDI Claim

4 Mistakes That Could Hurt Your SSDI Claim

| Apr 22, 2013

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance is no easy task. When you start, most of the time, you're dealing with something brand new and it's hard to know where to begin or if you're doing what you should be doing.

  There are a lot of pitfalls and many people don't succeed.. Though the.SSA is working to approve more claimants early on in the process, including initial claims, the administration still typically denies a majority of initial applications. Here are a few mistakes you can try to avoid that could keep you from getting the benefits you need.
  1. Accepting a "no." If the SSA denies your initial claim it does not mean you won't qualify for disability. The SSA denies 70 to 75 percent of initial claims. It's important to go through the appeals process and push for your benefits. Talk with an experienced South Carolina SSDI attorney to make sure your application is complete.
  2. Failing to get the right medical evidence Filing a Social Security Disability Insurance claim in South Carolina requires you to build your case and make a strong argument for why you need SSDI benefits. It's hard to know where to start, but the key is knowing where you want to end up. Decide exactly what it is about your condition that makes you unable to work and organize the medical evidence in your case to tell that story.  Very true.
  3. Being too vague Be as specific in every element of your claim as you possibly can be. Rather than writing that it hurts to walk, explain where and how it hurts and when it bothers you most. Offer an example of when the pain interfered with your work activity. Many South Carolina SSDI applicants exaggerate or over simplify their physical issues, which put reviewers on alert. Simply tell your story and explain in literal terms what is wrong and how is impacts the way you live and work.  Very true.
  4. Failing to file an appeal in time You have 60 days after your SSDI application is denied to file an appeal with the Social Security Administration. So many people are never approved for the SSDI benefits they need simply because they don't file an appeal in time. You can file a new claim, but will have to go back to the end of the line.
If you're preparing to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance in South Carolina or to appeal a denial, the best way to ensure an early success is to work with a good attorney who knows the SSDI system and what reviewers are looking for. The experienced Social Security Disability Insurance lawyers at George Sink Injury Lawyers know the SSDI system and can guide you through the application or appeals process. Contact us for a free consultation. We have offices throughout the state.
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