If you have suffered an injury that has left you disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible to obtain Social Security Disability benefits to provide you with financial relief. Unfortunately, many people who truly need these benefits are unable to receive them because their applications get denied. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has an extremely rigorous and stringent vetting process for the purpose of deterring fraud, but an unfortunate side effect is that many deserving applicants aren’t approved right away. This is usually due to a number of common errors that many applicants don’t know are viewed negatively. Thankfully, many common SSD application errors can be caught early and corrected.
The following are four common SSD application errors that you should be aware of:
- Failing to follow doctor’s orders. Social Security Disability benefits are supposed to be reserved for people who are taking the best care of themselves possible and yet are still unable to work. Failing to follow medical advice, such as taking prescribed medication, will likely be viewed negatively and will almost certainly lead to an application denial.
- Failing to check the status of your claim. After you submit your SSD claim, it is important that you periodically check on the status of your claim. Due to a massive backlog of pending applications, it is possible that your claim may be lost or that you will never receive notification of an application denial unless you make it known that you are waiting for an answer.
- Continuing to work while applying for benefits. While disabled people are allowed to earn some money, called Substantial Gainful Employment, the threshold for earnings is very low. If you make more money than this threshold, the Administration will assume that you are in fact able to work and your claim will be denied.
- Collecting unemployment benefits while applying for SSD benefits. SSD and unemployment may seem like the same thing, but they are actually quite different. Unemployment is meant to tide you over while you actively seek new employment. SSD benefits require that the applicant establish his or her physical or mental inability to work for a prolonged period of time. If the administration sees that an applicant is collecting unemployment, they will deny the SSD application.
These are just a few of some of the many errors that can be made on a SSD application. To reduce your chance of an error that could cause your application to be denied, or for assistance appealing a denied application, please contact Harbison & Kavanagh to consult with a Richmond SSD attorney. Our lawyers have decades of experience helping people obtain the benefits they both need and deserve. Call now to schedule a free consultation: (804) 823-2050.