Do's and Don'ts
Helpful Tips for SSD Applications
More than half of all applicants for Social Security Disability benefits are denied on initial application. This is a tragedy, especially when one considers the desperate financial situation of many of those who are struggling with disabilities. If your initial application has been denied, you have 60 days to appeal. Keep in mind that 85% of these first appeals are rejected.
It is easy to become frustrated and give up, and that is why the first "Don't" that our skilled lawyers recommend is, "Don't give up!" Here at Disability Action Advocates, our Oakland Social Security Disability attorneys have spent 17 years helping thousands and thousands of disabled clients. We have a great deal of experience and knowledge to offer you, and we strive to achieve a successful outcome for every client we take on. We also recommend these other Do's and Don'ts when you are thinking about filing for disability benefits:
Do learn as much as you can about this process. The more you understand the process and requirements, the better your experience will be.
Don't ever be untruthful on your application or in dealing with any Social Security representatives. Always be honest and truthful.
Do file for an appeal immediately after a rejection. You are given 60 days within which to request an appeal.
Don't ever keep an overpayment and try to hide it from the SSA. When you receive an overpayment, report it and don't spend it unless it is resolved and determined not to be an overpayment.
Do continue to receive medical care. If you feel you cannot afford it, inform your doctor that you are applying for disability. If that doesn't provide results, search out a free clinic or hospital. Obtain copies of all medical records for use in your claim.
Successful Results in Disability Cases
Our firm has represented many thousands of disabled individuals during all phases of the application process. We know the common reasons for failure with applications and during
appeals and hearings, and we can help you to avoid these. While it is not a requirement to have an attorney during the process, we know from our experience that it will be smoother and less time consuming for you. We accept no payment for our services unless we win your case for you.