The application process for Social Security Disability benefits is not too complicated, but getting approval often proves to be difficult. Denials are quite common within this system. Many times, a rejection occurs not because you do not qualify, but because of an error in the application process. This makes it essential that you understand how to apply and what information to provide when reporting on your medical condition and other details of your Florida work history.
U.S. News and World Report explains that the formula for figuring the amount of disability you get is strict. You will not be able to impact how much you receive, but what you can impact is how fast you get the benefits. Here are three tips to help you through the application process:
- Apply as soon as possible
Do not wait to apply for SSDI once you know you have a qualifying condition. This means that you have a disability that prevents you from working and the condition will last at least a year. You do not have to wait out the year. All you need is a medical opinion that the condition will last at least that long. Your benefits will not begin until you apply, so do not delay.
- Do not leave out information
Never leave anything blank on your application. The Social Security Administration provides lists of the information that you will need to fill out the application, so look over the lists and gather everything you need before you begin. Leaving out information is an excellent way to get a denial.
- Give details
Do not be vague when describing your limitations or issues associated with the condition. Be as specific as possible. Explain what you can and cannot do. Always give examples when you can. Also, quantify when possible. Use numbers instead of vague references. For instance, you should say, “I can only stand for 15 minutes at a time” instead of saying, “I cannot stand very long.”
Following these three tips may help you to ensure that your application is complete and informative enough to avoid a denial. Of course, only the SSA can make the final decision, but putting together a well-written application often is a huge help.