If you can no longer work due to an injury or a disability, you may wonder how you will get by financially. The Social Security Disability program can provide you with financial support as you transition into this new phase of your life.
According to the Social Security Administration, you can receive SSD benefits if you have worked for a long enough period and paid Social Security taxes. To prevent delays or a denial of your application, watch out for the following mistakes during the application process.
1. Not seeing a physician
You need to provide extensive medical evidence with your application for SSD benefits. For this reason, you should continue to see your physician regularly to provide ample evidence of your disability or injury.
2. Waiting too long to apply
It can take several months to gain approval for SSD benefits. Because completing the application can be a time-consuming process, do not wait too long to get started, so you do not put your finances at risk.
3. Applying too early
Although you should not wait too long to apply for SSD benefits, you should also not apply for these benefits too early. SSD benefits are for conditions that will last for a year or longer, so if you do not have an established medical history of the condition, you could risk an application denial.
While you work on your application for SSD benefits, be as thorough and honest as possible. Double check your application to ensure that all the information you provide is correct and error-free.