filing for disability

Filing for Disability

When filing for disability, there are many things you can do to help you fast-track the process.   You’ve probably read or heard about a million tips on how to apply for disability or SSI disability, and maybe by now, you think you’ve got a good case going.  However, aside from the things that you have to do to get an approval, you also have to look at the flip side – what you should NOT do.  Of course, both are important.

Filing for Disability–Pitfall #1: Turning in Inaccurate Paperwork

When filing for disability, there are three pitfalls you have to avoid, and the first is turning in paperwork that you are in doubt of.  This is true whether you are going to apply for disability, SSI disability, or both. For example, one of the things you have to prepare and submit is a list of doctors and hospitals or clinics that were involved or are still involved in your treatment after your disability.  If you are not sure about the exact names or contact information of any of them, do not lodge your application just yet.  The danger is to have the the administrative law judge doubt the authenticity of your claims because of information that turns out to be inaccurate, no matter how innocent you are in committing the error.

Filing for Disability–Pitfall #2: Underestimating Your Condition When You Apply for Disability

Second, in order to increase your chances of an approval when filing for disability, never underestimate your condition.  You have to give a very accurate picture of how it   has affected your life. There’s no use being honest when you can’t be honest all the way.  For example, if you just lost a leg when you apply for disability or SSI disability (or both) and tell the judge you can still manage to be by yourself in your apartment, you have to tell him as well that you have to ask your building’s security guard to help you up and down two flights of stairs each time you go out to buy something and come back up to your floor. By being as vivid as possible when describing how your disability affects your life, you increase your chances of getting benefits.

Filing for Disability or SSI Disability–Pitfall #3: Overestimating or Exaggerating Your Condition

Conversely, the third pitfall you’d like to avoid when filing for disability is trying too hard to play up your condition that the judge begins to think you’re fake. For example, your medical records say, a vehicular accident has rendered you partially blind.  This is supposed to hamper your performance as a construction foreman, which was the job you held prior to your accident. But when you start telling the court that you could never leave home without someone to serve as your guide, you could be sending the wrong signals.  People who evaluate disability applications are people who’ve been doing it for years upon years, and ploys like this just don’t work.

When filing for disability, you shouldn’t only know the things that can help you get an approval, but also those that can stand in the way between you and the benefits you want. By considering both, you will be able to strike a balance where the only thing possible is filing for disability in the most efficient way, and being successful at the end of the process.

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