Applying for Social Security Disability can be a confusing process, especially if you have never done it before and you are chartering into the unknown. There are a few things you will need to avoid when applying for Social Security Disability and our attorneys at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to list a few for you. If you are applying for Social Security Disability and need help, call Deputy and Mizell. We understand how challenging it is to live with disabilities that prevent you from working, and we have the experience it takes to get the disability benefits that you deserve. Keep reading to learn about a few mistakes people make when it comes to Social Security Disability.
Social Security Disability Mistakes
Applying for Social Security Disability too soon.
If you are hurt and feel like you can’t continue doing your job, you may be in a tough situation, however, you shouldn’t necessarily apply for Social Security Disability benefits immediately. Your injury or disability needs to be a qualifying condition. If you are questioning your injury, it’s best to seek the legal advice of a Social Security Disability lawyer first. Our consultations are free, so save yourself the trouble and ask one of our experienced attorneys.
Not being truthful about your work history.
If you lie about your work history, you could be in legal trouble when it comes to Social Security Disability. For example, if you have been receiving the type of Social Security Disability benefits you get when you have a disability that prevents you from working full time but not part-time and you lie and say you only work part-time, but have been working full time – you may end up having to pay some of those disability payments back.
Still being able to do your job.
Trying to cheat the system and get disability payments when you are still physically able to do your job is, unfortunately, a common mistake people make. Don’t try to do this because the odds are, you will be caught and get into legal or financial trouble.
Failing to take the required medical exam.
The medical examination helps the Social Security Administration get the specific information they need to approve or deny your claim. If you are being asked to take a medical exam, this is usually a good thing because it implies they feel you have a real case. Showing up for it is vital in getting your claim approved.
Going to your disability hearing unprepared.
If your claim has been denied and this is your second or third time trying to get approved for benefits, you may feel overwhelmed or exhausted with the process. Don’t let this process get to you and come prepared for your hearing, no matter how many times you’ve tried in the past, otherwise, you could just be wasting your time.
Failing to take your prescribed medication.
When disabled you are expected to take the medication your doctor prescribes you. If you have a valid reason for not taking it, such as you are experiencing side effects that are causing you pain, then be sure to communicate that to your doctor. That way if someone from the SSA is checking into the validity of your statement, there is a record of you stating why you didn’t take the medication.
Applying for Social Security Disability on your own.
The expertise and experience of a Social Security Disability lawyer can be a valuable asset to have and save you from making these mistakes. Call Deputy and Mizell for an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer at the Lake of the Ozarks.
When applying for benefits, it is important to keep in mind that there are many cases in which claims are initially rejected. Do not be discouraged. Talk to a social security lawyer at Deputy & Mizell, L.L.C. before and after submitting your claim. We regularly represent claimants throughout Kansas City and St. Louis. This includes serving disabled individuals in Jefferson City, Columbia, Rolla, Lebanon, Camdenton, and throughout Missouri. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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