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Common SSD Application Mistakes

A Tough Social Security Disability Lawyer Who Is On Your Side

The Social Security Administration requires accurate details about your medical condition, work history and daily life in order to evaluate your Social Security Disability claim. If you don't include sufficient medical records when applying for disability benefits, such as a full list of every physician who treated you and each medication doctors have prescribed, your claim will be rejected. No matter where you live-Westchester, Manhattan, Queens County, Nassau County or Staten Island-you need an experienced SSD attorney representing you. We know what documents to submit and what not to say when applying for SSDI, and we can help you through every step of the process.

Reasons why your Social Security Disability application may be denied:

Here are the most common SSD application mistakes that result in a rejected SSD claim:

  • Applying while continuing to work: While it’s possible to apply for SSD while working under some circumstances, if you are over the substantial gainful activity (SGA) threshold, your application will be denied. Always consult an attorney to see whether your work affects your eligibility.
  • Applying too soon: To qualify for SSD, your medical condition must have lasted or be expected to last at least 12 months. You need medical documentation to prove you are eligible. Applying before you have that medical evidence can make it harder to prove you have a permanent disability.
  • Inadequate medical details: Your application must include medical records that support your claim, including diagnosis, surgery, exam history, therapy, rehabilitation, medication, and so on.
  • Not following medical treatment plans: Part of qualifying for Social Security Disability is verifying that you are being treated for your medical condition and determining how you have responded to treatment. If you aren’t following your doctor’s instructions, your claim will very likely be denied.
  • Errors in documentation: You may be denied if you have any errors in your application, such as an incomplete working history, financial errors or discrepancies, or legal inaccuracies such as incorrect employer information. The best practice is to meticulously proofread before submitting your application—and have it reviewed by an attorney.
  • Missing deadlines during the process: If your initial application is denied, you must move quickly to protect your rights. If you miss the deadline to request reconsideration, a hearing, or an appeal, then you have to start the whole process over again. This can delay your benefits by months or years.

How to correct a mistake on your SSD application

The best practice is to correct any mistakes before you submit the application. However, if you notice a mistake after your application has been submitted, you can contact the Social Security Administration to make a correction. If your application is denied, you can also make any corrections during your request for reconsideration. Our Social Security Disability lawyers can handle any corrections on your behalf.

Whether You Haven't Applied or Already Got Denied, We Can Help You With Your SSD Case!

Too often, SSD applicants leave out vital details that result in a denied Social Security Disability claim. Whether it's those two weeks you worked at a retail shop five years ago, the time you went to the ER after a minor rear-ender back injury or the pain medication you were prescribed afterward, if you left one detail out of your application, it can affect your rights. The New York SSD lawyers at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano, LLP will make sure you provide enough information by conducting an in-depth interview with you and asking all the right questions about issues you might not even think to consider.

Our Social Security Disability attorneys are the team you want on your side to put you in the best position to receive the benefits you need. Call us at (800) 692-3717 or contact us online for a free evaluation. Your future is at stake.