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3 actions that could harm your SSDI claim

On Behalf of | Jun 16, 2024 | Social Security Disability (SSD)

If you are trying to claim Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) it’s important to do things correctly. It can already be hard enough to claim without making things any harder.

The following actions could all harm your chance of getting the payments you need:

1. Failing to understand the requirements

One very basic requirement to claim SSDI is that your condition must prevent you from working for at least 12 months. If you know you do not have the evidence to back this up, then there is little point in filing an application because you are almost certain to fail.

Doing your homework and researching the requirements, the evidence you must submit and so on can save you a lot of time in the long run. Missing paperwork or evidence will see your claim rejected or delayed.

2. Failing to adhere to deadlines

If there are paperwork deadlines to meet then you must meet them. Being late could jeopardize your whole claim.

3. Not doing what your doctor tells you

A doctor’s opinion will be crucial to your SSDI claim. The Social Security Administration (SSA) who judge the claim’s validity does not go around conducting medical tests on claimants, it relies on the doctors to do that.

So you need to be sure to respect and adhere to the advice your doctor gives you. If they say you must avoid strenuous physical activity for 14 months do not try doing anything that could be construed as you ignoring their advice. For instance, do not get tipsy and have a go on your daughter’s trampoline at a party as someone might be watching or see photos on social media of this and use it to invalidate your claim.

To increase your chances of a successful claim consider seeking advice from someone with the appropriate knowledge and standing.