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Benefits may have been denied for a reason that's easy to fix

You applied for Social Security Disability (SSD)

payments. You were denied. Now you're thinking about giving up. After all, your case must not merit benefits, right, even though you thought it did?

Not so fast. In some cases, the benefits are initially denied, but the reason is something that's easy to fix. If you do it, your request may then go through. Don't automatically assume that having the case denied means there was no merit to your claims.

For example, maybe you made a simple error on the paperwork. Perhaps you forgot to fill out a critical box. Maybe you missed a page. Perhaps you got your social security number wrong by one digit.

These are not hard issues to fix. It can be tedious having to fill things out again, but you can get it all straightened out.

Another common issue is that people don't always tell the whole story. They leave out details. Without those details, the application can be denied when it would otherwise have been approved.

It's understandable. You're so close to your own case. It seems obvious that you should be approved. You gloss things over without even knowing that you're doing it. The key is to remember that the people reviewing the case know nothing about it, and you have to paint in enough details that they can see that your case warrants benefits.

If you've applied and been denied, don't give up without looking into all of your options. Make sure you know exactly what steps you can take to rectify the situation and get benefits if they are deserved.

Source: Invisible Disabilities, "Common Mistakes When Social Security is Denied," accessed June 15, 2017

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