There are many, but the three most common mistakes I see persons make who don’t use an experienced disability attorney are missing important deadlines, failing to provide information, and providing incorrect information.
Missing Important Deadlines
After your application is submitted, the SSA will mail you forms and give you brief periods of time (usually 10 days) to provide detailed information. These include work history and function report forms. Failure to provide this information will give them a good reason to delay or deny your claim.
Failing to Provide All Information Requested When You Apply
The initial application is your opportunity to give the SSA your thorough and complete history. For the SSA to consider a mental or physical condition, you must provide detailed information about those conditions and where you have gotten medical treatment. The SSA typically will get your past medical records going back for one year from the date you tell them that you became disabled. If you leave out a condition or a medical provider, it could be lower your chances of getting your benefits.
Providing Incorrect Information
The date you became disabled is important. An inaccurate date can lower the amount of back due benefits you may be entitled to. It can also affect whether the SSA gets all of your medical records necessary to evaluate your claim and that could lead to a delay or denial.