The Social Security Administration rejects most of the disability claims submitted by people in Indiana and around the country. If you get rejected once or twice, you might start thinking that you should give up altogether. A rejection doesn’t mean that your case is over, but you might have to review your application and check for any mistakes.
What are some common mistakes that people make?
Many people assume that they’re automatically eligible for Social Security Disability benefits even if they haven’t contributed to the system. In fact, you have to pay into the system for a certain number of years before the SSA will approve your claim. This means that you won’t be eligible for SSD if you’ve never worked before or only worked for a few years.
Others assume that they have to get all their information in English even if it’s not their first language. In fact, the SSA offers information in a number of different languages. A Social Security attorney may help you find information in your native language or get in touch with a translator.
Finally, some people assume that a doctor’s note is all they need to qualify for SSD. It’s important to get medical documentation that proves that you’re disabled, and you’ll need to provide as much evidence as possible to prove that you need SSD. You should also provide information about your work history to give the SSA more insight into your situation.
Do you need to hire an attorney?
If you try to file without an attorney, there’s a good chance that the SSA will reject your claim. An attorney may help you avoid making the mistakes that frequently lead to rejections.