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By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Florida can be a complex and time-consuming process. It’s disheartening when your claim is denied, especially if it could have been avoided. Avoiding mistakes that could jeopardize your SSDI claim is crucial to increase your chances of a successful outcome. In this blog post, Disability Advocates Group will highlight seven common mistakes that applicants make and how to steer clear of them to secure the benefits you deserve.

  1. Failing to Understand Eligibility Requirements

One of the most significant mistakes is not fully understanding the eligibility criteria for SSDI benefits in Florida. Eligibility is based on your work history and the severity of your medical condition. Ensure you meet the work credit requirements and have a disabling condition expected to last for at least 12 months or result in death.

  1. Applying Without Sufficient Medical Evidence

Insufficient or incomplete medical evidence is a common reason for SSDI claim denials. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires extensive documentation of your medical condition and its impact on your ability to work. Ensure you have comprehensive medical records, diagnostic tests, and statements from healthcare providers to support your claim.

  1. Not Following Medical Treatment Plans

Continuing medical treatment and following prescribed treatment plans are essential for a successful SSDI claim. Failure to comply with medical advice may lead the SSA to question the severity of your condition or your commitment to improving your health.

  1. Ignoring Deadlines for Appeals

If your initial SSDI claim is denied, you have the right to appeal the decision. However, missing the deadline for appeals (typically 60 days) can result in the loss of your right to challenge the denial. Work closely with Disability Advocates Group to ensure all deadlines are met promptly.

  1. Applying Without Legal Representation

Navigating the SSDI application and appeals process can be overwhelming, especially if you are dealing with a disability. Seeking legal representation from Disability Advocates Group provides valuable assistance and increases your chances of a favorable outcome.

  1. Overlooking Financial Documentation

For Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, financial documentation is crucial. Not providing accurate information about your income, resources, and living arrangements may lead to an SSI claim denial. Be meticulous in providing financial details.

  1. Exaggerating or Misrepresenting Your Condition

Honesty is paramount when applying for SSDI benefits. Exaggerating or misrepresenting your medical condition can severely impact your credibility and may result in your claim being denied.

Contact A Florida Social Security Disability Lawyer Today

Securing Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in Florida is critical for those facing disabling medical conditions. Avoiding these seven common mistakes can significantly increase your chances of a successful claim. Disability Advocates Group is here to help you navigate the complexities of the SSDI application and appeals process. With our experienced attorneys by your side, you can focus on your well-being while we handle the legal aspects of your claim. If you or a loved one needs assistance with an SSDI claim in Florida, don’t hesitate to contact Disability Advocates Group for personalized and expert support.

About the Author
Ms. Shvarts and the rest of the team at Disability Advocates Group are dedicated to assisting individuals in Florida obtain Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.