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Mistakes Most People Make With Their Social Security Disbility Claims

by Marie Caldwell

When your health leaves you in a position where you are no longer able to work, you will get used to waiting for things to happen, whether it is doctor's appointments or otherwise. However, when it comes to filing for your social security disability, if you are like most, you will assume that your obvious inability to work will be enough to get you the payments you deserve. However, filing for and obtaining social security disability payments is rarely an easy process, and it is in fact one that could also leave you waiting for payments that seem to never come. If you are filing for social security disability, these common mistakes which could make the process even slower. 

Mistake: Not getting familiar with the whole process by which approval happens. 

Why? It is important that you do not go into filing for your social security disability uneducated, because if you are unfamiliar with the process, it can definitely lead to irrational expectations where duration is concerned. For example, just learning the current evaluation process set forth by the Social Security Administration for determining eligibility for disability payments will help you garner a better understanding of the different requirements you may be expected to adhere to, the different types of proof you will be asked to provide, and even what you should expect during your initial hearings. 

Mistake: Choosing to forego adding the aid of an attorney. 

Why? You may look at a disability attorney as just another expense you cannot afford when you are already out of work. However, not enlisting the guidance of an attorney with your claim can actually be way more costly than what you would ever pay for their services. Plus, most disability attorneys only charge when you win your case. 

Mistake: Giving up on the process too soon. 

Why? You may grow incredibly impatient, as oftentimes there are months between appeals processes and interactions with the Social Security Administration. However, no matter how much waiting you have to do, it is never a good decision to just quit trying with your claim. Giving up means that, when you have to file again in the future, you will have to start all the way back at square one. It is a much more feasible option to just follow the process, even when it takes a lot longer than what you expected.

For additional advice, contact a lawyer like Cook, Glen.