Top Ten Mistakes to Avoid When Applying for Social Security Disability

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Filing for Social Security disability benefits can be a complicated and long process. In order to better the chances of your having a successful outcome, here are some common mistakes to avoid.

Mistake 1: Collecting unemployment while waiting for disability.

Mistake 2: Not quitting work when applying for disability.

Mistake 3: Assuming you can't afford a disability lawyer; read our article on how a disability lawyer charges.

Mistake 4: Never checking the status of your SSDI or SSI claim.

Mistake 5: Missing the disability appeal deadline; find out the appeal deadlines.

Mistake 6: Not preparing for a Social Security disability hearing; read our article on preparing for an ALJ hearing.

Mistake 7: Not taking medication as prescribed by your doctor.

Mistake 8: Not alleging mental conditions on a Social Security disability or SSI disability application.

Mistake 9: Not seeing a doctor for your medical or emotional problems.

Mistake 10: Not switching doctors when your doctor is unsupportive; read our article on when it's time to switch doctors for your disability.