Applying for Social Security disability can be a difficult process. If you are applying for benefits, you must be able to establish the severity of your injury, and show how that disability impairs your ability to work. Making a mistake on your application can hinder your ability to collect a benefit or potentially decrease the amount of your award. The following are some of the most common mistakes applicants make:
- Not retaining an attorney. An applicant for Social Security disability should consider retaining the services of an experienced disability lawyer in order to effectively and efficiently navigate the application process. Many applicants do not because they believe they cannot afford an attorney’s services. However, most disability lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, meaning they do not charge up-front fees or charge for services until they win your case. Moreover, the Social Security Administration (SSA) is required to deal with a heavy workload and a large number of applicants on a daily basis and may not be able to answer your questions or provide any assistance if you try to navigate the process alone.
- Not obtaining consistent medical treatment. In order to qualify for benefits, you must be able to show the SSA that you have an impairment that can be established by medical evidence such as objective symptoms or lab tests. Additionally, you must be able to show that the pain or disability has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months. Without medical treatment, it will be much more difficult to convince an SSA assessor that your condition is serious.
- Not treating with an experienced disability doctor. In order to maximize your chances of making a successful application for disability benefits, you must not only receive regular, ongoing medical treatment for your condition, your treatment must also be well-documented and complete. Some doctors may be willing to treat your symptoms, but will be unhelpful when it comes to filling out the necessary forms for your application. An experienced disability medical provider will be able to establish that you have a qualifying impairment, as well as present how that impairment has affected your ability to perform basic work activities and other activities of daily living.
- Not diligently keeping track of your application. Finally, all Social Security disability applicants should check the status of their application at regular intervals. The SSA can lose track of important paperwork from applicants, and that can lead to denial of your claim if you fail to follow up and resubmit the necessary documents. Similarly, if your application is denied, you have a short window of time in which to file an appeal. If you do not receive your notice of denial, you may miss the appeal deadline completely and lose your chance to receive the benefits you are entitled to.
New Jersey Social Security Disability Lawyers at Shebell & Shebell Help Disabled Workers Maximize Their Chances of Approval
Filing a Social Security disability application can be a confusing and difficult process. If you are in chronic pain or suffer from a permanent injury, the experienced Social Security disability lawyers at Shebell & Shebell can help guide you through the process. We represent clients throughout New Jersey, including Monmouth County, Middlesex County, and Ocean County, including Howell, Freehold, Middletown, Shrewsbury, Wall, Union Beach and Neptune. For a free consultation, call us at 732-532-2011 or contact us online today.