Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is difficult, especially as there is a very high denial rate. More than half of all applications are denied initially, and many people have to go through multiple stages of appeals to get benefits.
A Los Angeles disability benefits attorney can provide assistance in submitting a claim for benefits to maximize the chances of approval and can help with the appeals process. An attorney can help you to avoid common mistakes that could make it harder to get benefits including:
- Failing to submit enough medical evidence: The medical information you provide to the Social Security Administration is key to getting your claim approved. You need to ensure you provide details showing you have a condition the Social Security Administration will consider severe enough to qualify for benefits and you need to prove you have symptoms associated with that condition that interfere with your ability to work.
- Earning too much money when applying for benefits: If you are engaged in substantial gainful activity (SGA), you will not be able to qualify for disability benefits.
- Not applying for the right benefits program: You could potentially obtain disability income either from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). While both programs require a serious long-term disability, other qualification requirements differ. For example, you cannot obtain SSDI benefits if you haven't earned enough work credits, while SSI doesn't require work credits but is means-tested.
If you want to ensure you avoid mistakes that cause your application for benefits to be denied, contact a Los Angeles disability benefits attorney for help today.