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2 big risks you take by handling an SSDI application on your own

Mar 7, 2022 | Social Security Disability

In theory, any worker who has made enough contributions to Social Security may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits when they have serious medical issues. However, getting benefits requires more than just filling out an application. It also requires an understanding of the program and of the appeals process.

If you attempt to manage your SSDI benefits application without professional support, one of the two issues below could negatively affect your claim.

Little mistakes can lead to lengthy delays

There are many ways for an applicant to make a mistake on their SSDI benefits application. They may not include the right medical documentation or forget to fill out a certain section.

Minor mistakes in the paperwork are one of the reasons why the average approval rate for initial applications for SSDI benefits is typically just 28%. When you have a knowledgeable person filling out the paperwork on your behalf, the risk for mistakes is lower. You will also have someone there to handle the extra work involved in an appeal.

Your health or emotions could impact your behavior

If you have to undergo painful chemotherapy treatment for cancer, filling out appeal paperwork may be far from your top priority. On the other hand, if you get a rejection notice while coping with chronic pain and financial issues, the depression that you experience might prevent you from taking the right steps. When you have appropriate assistance with your SSDI application, neither your feelings nor your health will prevent you from taking the right steps. 

Connecting with the right help when you apply for SSDI benefits will increase your chances of initial approval and also for a successful appeal.

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