Applying for Social Security Disability should be easy, but it isn’t. You will most likely face a few difficult challenges when you decide to apply.
Knowing what these are in advance can help you overcome obstacles that are in your path.
One of the biggest challenges you will face is your disability. As you well know, disabilities come with their own set of problems. Depression, anxiety, self-doubt and other mental blocks brought about by your disability can hurt your chances of a successful application.
You will probably receive a denial at first
Applying for social security is not for the faint of heart. It takes time, tenacity and patience, and you might still receive an initial denial. The Social Security Administration only approves a fraction of initial claims received, so a denial shouldn’t be too discouraging. You have a better chance once you appeal.
There are ways to face this challenge head-on. Understanding why they don’t approve someone helps. Some common reasons are:
- Lack of information
- Lack of documentation
- Items missing
- Improperly filled out paperwork
Make sure that you fill out everything exactly as they ask. Although this might not improve your chances for your initial claim, it will certainly help you when you appeal.
You have to wait
It can take a long time for your claim to be processed. Then, if they deny your claim, it will take even longer for an appeal to go through. There is always a backlog of hearings in the courts, so you will just have to wait while things play out. The best thing that you can do is be patient.
Although the process has its difficulties, a little bit of patience and perseverance can help you overcome the challenges of filing a social security disability claim.