Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a tedious process with many possible pitfalls. To avoid these actions that could sabotage your Social Security benefits, make sure you avoid these three mistakes. By doing so, you are more likely to have your claim approved and approved fast.
Waiting too Long to File
Social Security Disability is long-term disability benefits, so you need to be disabled for a year to qualify for benefits. However, you do not need to wait the full year before applying. You do not even need to be disabled a year before the claim is approved. You simply need to prove via doctor notes and medical records that your disability is long term. It's important to file as soon as you can because the process can take a long time, and during that time, you are likely receiving no money to support yourself or your family.
Working too Much
Believe it or not, you can work while you are applying for disability, and you can work while you receive the benefits. You just can't work too much. Be mindful of how many hours you are working and how much money you are earning. If you earn too much per month, your benefits will end. The advantage of this, is that it gives you the ability to see if you are capable of working without the fear of losing your benefits. If you realize your disability is still preventing you from working, you simply stop and continue receiving your disability.
Not Hiring an Attorney
While it's not required to have an attorney, it is a good idea. Most of disability claims are denied at the initial step. Usually, documents are missing or incorrect. Therefore, it is much more effective to hire an attorney to do the work for you. They know what the government needs to see to approve your claim. If you've already applied on your own, and your claim has been denied, hire an attorney to help you appeal the denial. An attorney won't get paid until you do, and their fee comes from your back-pay settlement once your claim is approved.
With Social Security Disability, people who are unable to work can contribute to the household or simply support themselves again. If you would like more information regarding Social Security or disability, contact an attorney in your area, such as at Law Center For Social Security Rights, and request a consultation regarding your case.
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