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Top 3 Disability Benefits Applications Mistakes
Posted in: Application Process on April 17th, 2013

Filing for disability insurance is one of the toughest application processes in existence. Not only do you have to fill out tedious paperwork, but you also have to realize that the chances of the application being approved are slim. Most requests for disability insurance are denied, even if the person severely needs the disability benefits! Why? Because their disability insurance application was riddled with mistakes.

Increase Your Chances of Getting Disability Insurance

Since being approved for disability benefits is so difficult, it’s important to know what pitfalls to avoid and how to strengthen your application. Doing these things will not only help you stand out from the sea of applicants, but increase your chances of getting the disability benefits that you deserve. While you can always reapply if the application is denied, sending in a strong application the first time can save you immeasurable time and money.

Common application mistakes include:

1. Assuming the evidence you provided was enough. Many individuals fill out the application and simply attach a written statement from their employer saying that they are too sick to work. While this might be true, it definitely isn’t enough evidence to receive disability benefits. Don’t rely on your employer’s opinion – you must also meet the definition of disability as determined under your insurance’s policy. Also be sure to document the insurance through visits with your doctor. Don’t only rely on the forms given, but ask your physician to complete a thorough report that explains how your condition prevents you from being able to work.
2. Ignoring your doctor. So you’ve gone to your doctor to get his report about your disability, right? Chances are he probably told you about certain activities that you should avoid because of your illness. If this is the case, then be sure to follow the doctors orders and avoid participating in activities that your physician told you to forget about. Doing so can ruin the chances of receiving disability benefits, as it could seem that you’re trying to cheat the system.
3. Using the wrong type of lawyer. After you file for disability benefits with your insurance, chances are you’ll apply for Social Security benefits as well. Be sure to hire a social security lawyer instead of working with your insurance company’s lawyers.

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