How to Avoid Mistakes When Filing For Social Security Disability

How to Avoid Mistakes When Filing For Social Security Disability

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Filing for Social Security disability benefits is usually a lengthy process. It may take up to two years for a claim to reach the hearing stage, if it reaches this stage at all. In reality, the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies two-thirds of all initial SSDI applications. However, there are certain things you can do to improve your chances of receiving your benefits. By following this advice, you can avoid common mistakes and receive a favorable SSDI decision in less time.

Be Prepared

Being prepared and knowing what to expect during the SSDI application process can increase your chances of receiving an SSDI award. Before the claims process begins, be sure to gather all important documents and information such as updated medical records, an accurate work history and all W2 forms. This information is crucial.

The SSA has a very specific evaluation process to determine if an individual is eligible for SSDI benefits. To receive benefits, you must not be "gainfully employed," which means making more than $ 1,000 a month (in 2010). Your condition must be sufficient enough to interfere with basic work activities, which can range from things like standing and sitting for extended periods, to heavy lifting and repetitive motion. Your condition must be on the SSA's list of disabling conditions, and your disability must have threatened, or is expected to last, for at least one year or result in death. You also must not be able to do the type of work you…

Source by Jim Allsup