The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a reputation for denying Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits altogether with a minor discrepancy made on an initial application. This is why you must fill out your application to the best of your ability, in addition to the watchful eye of an attorney. Continue reading to learn what mistakes you should avoid with your SSD application and how an experienced New Jersey SSD attorney at The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur can guide you.
What mistakes should I avoid making when filling out my SSD application?
Sometimes, the SSA may deny an application because they do not deem an applicant disabled or otherwise deserving of benefits. But other times, they may deny an application due to a mistake that could have been easily avoided. Examples of common mistakes are as follows:
- An applicant does not disclose a sufficient amount of medical information (i.e., diagnoses from your medical providers, current prescription medications, past treatments, past surgeries, etc).
- An applicant does not disclose a sufficient amount of past employment information (i.e., start and finish dates that prove that you have worked long enough to pay into the system).
- An applicant does not disclose a sufficient amount of financial information (i.e., your W-2 forms from your past employers).
- An applicant does not disclose all of your income sources (i.e., pensions from your past employers).
- An applicant does not disclose whether they are getting married or divorced at the time of their application submission.
- An applicant does not disclose whether they have outstanding warrants at the time of their application submission.
- An applicant does not disclose whether they are living outside of the United States at the time of their application submission.
Why would not hiring an attorney be a mistake?
This may be your first experience with applying for SSD benefits. Contrastingly, the attorneys at our firm have gone through this application process countless times. So we will be able to easily pick out any errors that you may have overlooked in your application, whether it be regarding your medical information, employment information, financial information, or otherwise. We will also know what information would serve as a bonus to increase your chances of receiving SSD benefits on your first attempt.
What’s more, we will be able to fight on your behalf if you are wrongfully denied these benefits. This is because we have gone through the appeals process countless times, as well. For example, we will ensure that you compile the necessary documents, retain the critical witnesses, and overall meet each deadline.
If an SSD application is something that you wish to kickstart today, then retain the services of a skilled New Jersey SSD attorney from The Law Offices of Sheryl Gandel Mazur. We await sitting down with you at your free initial consultation.