April 9th, 2018| The fact that a large percentage of American workers are eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits if they become disabled due to work-related illnesses or injuries is a double-edged sword. On one hand, it’s a great safety net for workers and their families when they’re victims of accidents or other unfortunate on-the-job incidents that threaten their health. But on the other hand, the wide availability of SSD benefits means that strict standards and requirements must be met before workers can get approved for the benefits they deserve. Some of those strict standards and requirements can be and often are violated by first-time applicants, especially if they are unfamiliar with the process or proceed without the help of a California Social Security Disability lawyer. Common mistakes that applicants sometimes make include:
- Not taking medical treatment seriously – Getting approved for SSD benefits means proving you’re suffering from an illness or injury. If you put off going to the doctor or fail to follow his or her instructions, it can harm your claim when you’re seeking benefits.
- Waiting too long to file a claim or contact a lawyer – Time is of the essence with SSD claims. Every SSD claim must go through multiple steps, and the longer you wait, the longer it will take for the Social Security Administration to process your claim.