social security disability
By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a challenging condition that can significantly impact one’s ability to work. If you are considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in Florida due to Ankylosing Spondylitis, it’s crucial to avoid common pitfalls in the application process. Disability Advocates Group, your trusted partner, is here to guide you through this journey.

1. Lack of Understanding of the Condition

A fundamental mistake in many applications is a lack of comprehensive understanding of Ankylosing Spondylitis. Disability Advocates Group provides education and resources to clients, ensuring they can articulate the specific challenges posed by AS in their daily lives.

2. Insufficient Medical Documentation

One of the leading causes of SSDI and SSI denials is insufficient medical documentation. Disability Advocates Group works closely with healthcare professionals to compile a robust case file that includes diagnostic tests, treatment plans, and physician statements, leaving no room for doubt.

3. Failure to Meet Blue Book Criteria

The Social Security Administration (SSA) uses the Blue Book to assess eligibility. Failure to meet the specific criteria for Ankylosing Spondylitis can lead to a denial. Disability Advocates Group ensures that your case aligns with the Blue Book requirements, increasing your chances of approval.

4. Inaccurate Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) Assessment

The RFC assessment is crucial in determining the extent to which AS affects your ability to work. Disability Advocates Group conducts a thorough evaluation to ensure that the RFC accurately reflects the impact of AS on your daily life and work capabilities.

5. Missing Key Information in the Application

Many applicants overlook essential details when completing their SSDI or SSI application. Disability Advocates Group guides you in providing a comprehensive and accurate account of your medical history, work history, and daily challenges, leaving no room for ambiguity.

6. Procrastination in Seeking Legal Assistance

Some applicants delay seeking legal assistance until after their initial application is denied. Disability Advocates Group encourages early involvement of an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney to ensure that your application is strong from the start, reducing the likelihood of denials and expediting the process.

7. Failure to Appeal Denied Claims

When claims are denied, some individuals abandon the process. Disability Advocates Group emphasizes the importance of appealing denied claims. Our team meticulously reviews the denial, gathers additional evidence, and navigates the appeals process with precision.

8. Lack of Communication with Healthcare Providers

Open communication with healthcare providers is essential. Disability Advocates Group facilitates this communication, ensuring that your medical team is aligned with the disability claim, providing supportive statements, and participating in any necessary hearings.

9. Failure to Follow Treatment Plans

Inconsistencies in following prescribed treatment plans can raise doubts about the severity of your condition. Disability Advocates Group emphasizes the importance of adherence to treatment and works to explain any deviations in a way that supports your claim.

10. Underestimating the Value of Legal Representation

Some applicants attempt to navigate the SSDI or SSI process alone. Disability Advocates Group highlights the complexities of the system and the value of experienced legal representation, ensuring that your case is presented comprehensively and effectively.

Applying for SSDI or SSI benefits for Ankylosing Spondylitis demands precision and expertise. The knowledgeable SSDI and SSI lawyers at Disability Advocates Group are your partners in this journey.  From the Florida Keys to the Panhandle, Disability Advocates Group is dedicated to helping individuals in Florida avoid common mistakes during the SSDI or SSI application process and secure the financial support they need during this challenging time. Contact us today to begin the process of building a robust disability claim tailored to your unique situation.

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.