Navigating SSD: Dos and Don’ts
Most Social Security disability claims are initially denied. While there are no guarantees, there are things you can do to increase the chances of approval. Here are some key dos and don’ts for putting together and submitting your application for SSD benefits.
SSD Application Dos
Submitting the strongest possible Social Security Disability application starts with thoroughly understanding the process and what type of evidence the Social Security Administration (SSA) is looking for.
Some important steps to take when preparing your claim for Social Security disability benefits include:
- Make sure you complete all forms correctly and completely. Do not skip questions or provide incomplete responses.
- Understand what type of medical proof is required and supply sufficient medical records and documentation.
- Make sure you provide names and contact information for all doctors treating you for the condition.
- Identify anyone in your life who may be able to provide information about the limitations you face in daily life due to your condition.
- Continue to see your doctor, get any follow-up tests or treatments, and take prescribed medication.
- If your doctor downplays your condition, seek out a new provider who takes your symptoms seriously.
- Get the help you need to put together a strong Social Security Disability application or appeal.
- Be honest. Make sure to provide all relevant information about your condition, but don’t exaggerate your symptoms or limitations.
SSD Application Don’ts
- Miss deadlines, especially if you have to request reconsideration or an appeal hearing–if you have to start the process over again, you could significantly delay your benefits and lose some back benefits.
- Fail to respond to a request from the Social Security Administration (SSA), such as your attendance at a consultative exam.
- Apply while you are still earning more than the substantial gainful activity cut-off (in 2024, $1,550/month for non-blind applicants and $2,590 for blind applicants.
- Make unnecessary mistakes because you don’t know the ins and outs of Social Security disability applications and appeals.
Talk to a Disability Benefits Advocate Today
One of the best steps you can toward submitting the strongest possible SSD application is to get the right help. At Disability Help Group, our advocates are dedicated to fighting for the benefits you deserve. To learn more about how we can help, call (800) 800-3332 or contact us here now.