The Social Security Administration (SSA) is the government agency that assesses Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims. They have a reputation for being difficult.
Any government agency that hands out money has to carry out thorough checks before distributing taxpayers’ money. When someone tells you the SSA has been difficult, it is probably because the SSA denied their claim.
The SSA will deny a disability benefits claim that contains errors
Getting your application right is not easy. The SSA will deny your claim if it has errors. That is why it is best to seek legal help, so you get it right the first time. Here are three common errors:
- Not meeting the requirements: The SSA blue book sets out specific guidelines for assessing each condition. You may still be able to claim if you do not meet them. However there are certain conditions everyone must meet. Your injury or illness must prevent you from working for at least 12 months. You must also have worked for the minimum required time to apply.
- Not completing the forms correctly: Completing an application for SSDI is not easy. Like any bureaucratic process, it can be frustrating. Yet, there is no way to shortcut the system. You need to jump through the hoops the SSA lays out for you in the order they tell you.
- Not presenting the necessary evidence: The SSA requires considerable evidence to support your claim. It can include your employment history and the contact details of all your doctors. They may need test results, written statements from medical experts and a host of other things. If you do not provide what they are asking for, they will send your application back.
If you need to claim Social Security Disability, you might have several questions. See our website for more information about Social Security Disability Insurance.