Top 5 Mistakes Made by Disability & SSI Beneficiaries

On June 24, 2016

Top 5 Mistakes Made by Disability & SSI Beneficiaries

Top 5 Mistakes Made by Disability & SSI Beneficiaries

Applying for federal disability benefits and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be a complicated process, especially for people who may be struggling with serious physical and/or mental impairments.

To help prospective beneficiaries get the benefits they need and deserve, below we have revealed some of the most common mistakes people tend to make in the application process. Understanding how to avoid these mistakes can be pivotal to avoiding unnecessary complications and securing much-needed benefits as efficiently as possible.

Top Disability & SSI Mistakes to Avoid

  1. Waiting too long to apply for benefits – When you’re unable to earn a living due to a serious mental or physical impairment, the sooner you file for federal disability benefits (and/or SSI), the better. That’s because, if you wait too long to file, you can run the risk of losing out on a substantial amount of benefits you may have otherwise been entitled to.For instance, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will pay retroactive benefits for up to 12 months in the past; if you end up waiting years before you file for these benefits, you could cost yourself years of benefit payments you  may have otherwise been able to receive.
  2. Not submitting all of the necessary supporting documentation – When applying for disability benefits or SSI, part of the application process requires that you submit proof of the severity of your condition. This proof must be more detailed and official than a simple doctor’s note, and it can necessitate the submittal of items like diagnostic test results, x-rays, etc.When the right type of supporting documentation isn’t submitted with an application, it’s far more likely that the prospective beneficiaries won’t receive all – or any – of the benefits to which they may be entitled.
  3. Failing to keep track of filing deadlines – This is another major mistake that can prevent beneficiaries from securing the benefits to which they otherwise would have been entitled. In fact, missing even just one deadline may result in an outright denial of a request for benefits.
  4. Failing to appeal a denial – The SSA doesn’t always get it right when denying requests for disability benefits. In fact, as we’ve alluded to already in this article, some fixable mistakes – like not submitting all of the necessary supporting documents for your application/request – can lead to denials. And when fixable mistakes or misinterpretations are the reason for the denial, failing to file an appeal is a big mistake because it results in applicants forfeiting their rights to benefits.
  5. Trying to deal with the SSA alone – Of all of the mistakes that can be made when applying for disability benefits or SSI, this is one of the biggest because it can lead to any number of other mistakes that can prevent prospective beneficiaries from securing the financial support they deserve. The fact is that retaining a lawyer to help you apply for benefits can be pivotal to successfully getting through the application process, avoiding any possible challenges that may arise along the way and to securing the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled.

Contact Portland Disability & SSI Lawyer Richard A. Sly

For experienced help applying for federal disability and/or SSI benefits, contact Portland Disability & SSI Lawyer Richard A. Sly.

For more than 30 years, Attorney Richard A. Sly has been dedicated to helping his clients advocate their rights and successfully navigate the federal disability application/appeals process.

To discuss your case for free and get your claim started at no cost, call us toll free at (503) 406-1471 or email us using the form on the upper right side of this page. We offer free initial consultations, are conveniently located in downtown Portland near public transportation, and serve clients throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.

Categories: Social Security Disability, Social Security Disability Benefits for Injuries, Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions, SSI Supplemental Security Income