What are the Top 5 Mistakes People Make when Applying for Social Security Disability Benefits?

"I’ve worked with thousands of people fighting for disability benefits, and today I am going to share with you the top five mistakes people make on their disability cases. 

Mistake number one...failing to get treatment.  In a judge’s mind if you don’t get treatment your problem must not be that severe. 

Number two...only getting partial treatment.  This is very similar to the first problem.  To put it another way:  If you have two problems, but you are only getting treatment for one, social security is only going to focus on that one problem while the other one that you did not get treatment for they won’t consider as “disabling”. 

Mistake number three...being a bad patient.  You can be a bad patient in a few different ways, but most commonly people are bad patients if they miss their doctors’ appointments, don’t follow doctor’s orders, they are not compliant with the treatment, or they fight with their doctors.  If you’re fighting with your doctors you are probably going to hurt your case. 

The fourth most common mistake...filling out social security forms incorrectly.  A lot of the questions social security will ask you over the course of your case can be confusing.  If you don’t understand the question you are being asked you owe it to yourself to talk to a professional, so that they can explain exactly what social security is asking you. 

Finally the fifth common mistake...problems with drugs and alcohol and failing to be honest about it.  If you’ve had a history of drug and alcohol abuse it won’t ruin your case, but if you’re not completely honest and open about those problems it will hurt your case. 

If you have any further questions fill out a questionnaire or give us a call.  We’d love to help."

To learn more about the Social Security Disability Process click HERE.