If you need disability benefits to cope with an ongoing medical condition or disability, you may want to start the application process. According to the Social Security Administration, Social Security Disability Insurance provides you with benefits if you are “insured.” This means that you have paid enough Social Security taxes for long enough to receive these benefits.
The application process for disability benefits can be long and strenuous. Avoid these mistakes if you want to minimize a delay receiving SSD benefits or prevent a denial.
Applying for benefits too soon
You have to have adequate work history and a qualifying medical condition to qualify for disability benefits. Make sure you can prove you have a disabling condition, and you have enough work history to support your application before starting the process.
Discontinuing medical treatment
With your condition, it may be hard to keep up with medical expenses as you wait for benefits. Because you have to prove your condition has not improved, even with ongoing medical care, you put your chances of receiving benefits at risk if you stop receiving necessary treatment.
Filing an incomplete claim
An incomplete application for SSD benefits can lead to a denial. When you fill out your application for disability benefits, make sure you fill out every line. If a certain section does not apply to your situation, fill it in with “N/A.” For situations that do not apply, make sure you are completely certain this is the case before adding this to that line.