Social security disability benefits can be extremely important to those who have had their ability to work taken away due to a condition. However, obtaining these benefits involves filing a claim, the majority of which are denied on their first submission. Many of these denials are because of a simple mistake that could have been avoided with the assistance of a Richmond SSD attorney.
Here are four common social security disability application mistakes:
Collecting Unemployment While Filing for SSD Benefits
Social security disability benefits and unemployment benefits are not the same thing. They serve very different purposes and have very different qualifications. In order to collect unemployment, you must be actively seeking work. To collect SSD benefits, a condition must be preventing you from working in a full or partial capacity either permanently or for a long period of time. If you are collecting unemployment, your application will be denied.
Not Taking Medication or Following Orders
Social security is designed to benefit those people who take the best possible care of themselves but are still unable to work. If you ignore medical advice or medication directions, the Social Security Administration will most likely deny your claim.
Working While Applying for SSD Benefits
The Social Security Administration allows for individuals collecting SSD benefits to earn a little bit of income every month. This is known as substantial gainful activity, or SGA. However, this is a slippery slope, as earning too much could then be considered working, and people who are working in a normal capacity are not eligible to receive SSD benefits. Speak with an attorney to find out whether or not your SGA is too substantial and can lead to your claim being denied.
Not Checking Your SSD Claim Status
The Social Security Administration is swamped with applications, and getting an answer can take months. But without making them aware that you are actively seeking an answer, there is a chance your claim may be lost in the pile or denied without ever notifying you. Be sure to check up on your claim regularly and reiterate that you are expecting a response.
At Harbison & Kavanagh, we have dedicated our practice to helping those who have been injured on the job or suffer from permanent conditions to receive the compensation they need through government programs. We understand the confusion that comes with making claims for social security disability and workers’ compensation benefits, which is why we diligently work to help you prepare the best possible applications and give you the best possible chance at a successful outcome.Call Harbison & Kavanagh today at (804) 823-2050 and receive a free consultation for your social security disability application!