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Avoid These Mistakes When Applying for Social Security Disability and SSI Benefits

Common Mistakes when Applying for Social Security - Glen Cook Social Security Atty

If you’re applying for Social Security Disability benefits in the near future, you might be disheartened by a common statistic: about 2/3 of all first-time Social Security Disability applicants are denied benefits. The Social Security Administration has some very specific criteria to determine who is approved after the first application and who must move on to the appeals process.

Filling out your Social Security Disability benefits application can be overwhelming, and simple errors could result in your benefits being denied. Here are a few of the most common errors that applicants make that result in their Social Security Disability benefits being denied.

Not Understanding How the Application Process Works

Many people mistakenly believe that if they are having trouble working, all they need to do to obtain Social Security Disability benefits is to fill out a form, send it off, and wait for their monthly check to arrive. In reality, the Social Security Administration has specific criteria that you must meet in order to qualify for benefits.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits With Lupus

Lupus — a chronic inflammatory disease that weakens the immune system — can develop slowly or come on suddenly. While not everyone with lupus qualifies for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or SSI benefits, you may qualify if the disease affects multiple organ systems, leading to recurring symptoms that limit your ability to perform activities of daily living.

Educating yourself about this chronic and unpredictable disease and its disabling physical and mental effects can help you better prepare for the disability claims process.

Applying for Social Security Disability With Multiple Medical Conditions

Some disability cases are clear-cut. A diagnosis of a single severe or catastrophic medical condition could be all that you need to successfully apply for disability benefits or SSI benefits. But many people don’t have a medical history that’s simple and easy to classify.

If you have multiple medical conditions, it may be that you will qualify for disability benefits even if no single condition by itself would meet the qualifications.

If this is your situation, qualifying for disability benefits could be more complex than it would be if you were trying to qualify on the basis of one condition. Take a look at some things that you need to know about applying for Social Security Disability and SSI benefits with multiple medical conditions.