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3 tips to follow when applying for Social Security benefits

Dealing with a debilitating injury or illness can be difficult and frustrating. You want disability benefits to help you make up for lost income. Social Security Disability Insurance can be the support you need to care for yourself when you cannot make a regular paycheck. Securing these benefits must be done with careful attention to detail or else you may deal with more complications and frustrations.

It is helpful to get everything correct when applying for disability benefits for the first time. Learn about some common mistakes to avoid so you can have a smooth process. 

1. Failing to gather adequate medical records

One of the most important aspects of your claim is your medical records. You want to gather as many documents as possible before filing. Claim examiners look for evidence you have regularly and recently received care for your injury or illness. Substantial medical records and notes from your doctor help establish the severity of your condition and impairment.  

2. Exaggerating your disability

While you want to provide a detailed account of your condition, you do not want to try to make it seem worse than it is in reality. Do not attempt to exaggerate your claim, because it will likely be denied as soon as something is caught. Elaborate on the impact of your disability without over-representing it. 

3. Ignoring your chance to appeal

Sometimes applications for disability benefits get denied even if they should be accepted. Just because you get denied does not mean all hope is lost. If this happens, take advantage of your opportunity to appeal as quickly as possible.

Knowing about these mistakes can help you prepare for an easier application process. While this will not guarantee benefits, it will set you up for a better chance at success. Having a disability attorney help you can also simplify the process and ensure everything is done correctly.

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