Most Common Mistakes When Filing for Disability

1. "I am tired, hurt, or my medication makes it too hard to answer all these questions." Take your time in filling out reports, questionnaires and applications. Learn the right and "wrong" way to truthfully answer their questions.

2. "My doctor knows about me, I only need to tell my doctor about the new thing that's wrong with me." Bottom-line, if the problem does not show up in a doctor's note at least once, social security will not give you credit for having that problem. If a person's medical record doesn't mention a significant problem, over a long period of time (numbness in legs, arms, etc. or out breath after walking 10 feet, for example), Social Security will either determine that the problem "somehow" got better or that it probably is not really that serious because it is not being mentioned.

3. "I had to move and my papers were lost or never mailed to my current address."  Many people who are disabled move a lot. Others become dishearten and give up. The statistics show that most people do not win a disability case until the third level, if you never appeal, you never get there. If you move and social security can't find you, you never know you have been denied and run out time to appeal. By the time you figure that out, you miss to deadline and have to start over.

4. "I cannot do my job any more so I am disabled, right?" Social Security has hundreds of pages of rules, guidelines and procedures about a person's ability to work. In many situations not being able to do your old job is simply not enough.

5. "I don't have a current doctor, but Dr. So –and –so I saw two years ago knows all about me." You are asking Social Security to find that you are currently disabled. Even if the old doctor's records can be found, and they say you were disabled (which records rarely do), what about now?