If you are like a lot of people, when you decide to file for your Social Security disability, you will file the necessary paperwork on your own. While you don't have to have an attorney to file a claim, it is always a good idea to get in touch with one who can help you through the initial claim-filing process. Unfortunately, many of these initial claims are denied simply because of discrepancies or oversight. Here is a quick look at a few of the common reasons the initial claim for Social Security disability is denied.
Mistake: Not being specific about physical limitations and impairments.
Why? Your initial claim filing for for Social Security disability will involve a lot of questions about your physical condition and limitations. It is an absolute must that you are specific in your answers and descriptive with the information you provide. For example, if you are asked if you can lift, don't just fill in that you cannot, but rather specifically state how much you can lift or how much you cannot lift and how often. If you don't have enough space to tell all the details, don't be afraid to attach a separate piece of paper with more information.
Mistake: Not being honest about your injuries or your illness.
Why? If you are desperate to get the Social Security Administration to understand you cannot work, you may be tempted to over exaggerate your injuries or physical limitations. It is crucial to be honest on your application and not stretch the truth. Your statements will likely not be taken seriously if they seem unbelievable. Plus, there is a pretty high likelihood that whatever you say on your initial application will later be evaluated by medical professionals assigned by the Social Security Administration. If they find your answers to be dishonest, they will disregard a lot of what you have to say.
Mistake: Not providing a comprehensive list of your treating physicians.
Why? What your doctors have to say about your medical condition is a heavy factor in your Social Security case. The reviewer of your claim will look at the list of doctors you make available as a list of medical references that can vouch for your condition and what you claim to be wrong. Therefore, the more backup references you have, the better it will look for your case right from the get go. Family physicians, chiropractors, pain management doctors, physical therapy centers, and any other treating professional should be listed on your application.
For more help filing a claim, contact a Social Security attorney.