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Common SSDI application mistakes to avoid

On Behalf of | Oct 17, 2023 | Social Security Disability |

When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, it is important to navigate the process carefully to improve your chances of approval.

Unfortunately, many applicants make avoidable mistakes that can lead to denials or delays in receiving the benefits they deserve.

Incomplete or inaccurate information

In 2022, SSDI field offices received 1,804,384 applications, and the State Disability Determination Services received 1,205,686 applications, but only 543,445 individuals received SSDI awards. One of the most common SSDI application mistakes involves providing incomplete or inaccurate information. You should provide accurate medical condition, work history and personal information to prevent your application’s denial.

Missing documentation

To qualify for SSDI, you need to demonstrate that your disability prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity. Provide medical evidence, including test results and treatment protocols. Supporting statements from medical professionals, employers and friends or family members can strengthen your case. They provide additional context and evidence of the impact of your disability on your life and work.

Failure to follow medical advice

The Social Security Administration (SSA) may believe that your condition could improve with treatment, especially if you fail to follow your doctor’s prescribed treatment plan, leading to a denial of your application. Always adhere to your healthcare provider’s advice and document your compliance.

Inadequate work history

SSDI eligibility requires you to have a sufficient work history and a certain number of work credits. Failing to meet these requirements leads to automatic disqualification. Review your work history and credit eligibility before applying.

Ignoring the denial appeal process

If your initial application gets denied, pursue the appeals process promptly. Some applicants give up after the first denial, but many claims eventually receive approval on appeal.

For the best results, follow the SSDI instructions carefully and submit all your documentation by the strict deadlines.