By Michelle Shvarts
Principal Attorney

If you’re considering applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits in Florida due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it’s essential to understand the common mistakes that can derail your claim. At Disability Advocates Group, our experienced Florida Social Security Disability Attorneys have seen firsthand how these errors can impact the outcome of SSDI and SSI applications. Let’s explore five common mistakes to avoid when seeking benefits for PTSD.

  1. Underestimating the Severity of Symptoms

One of the most common mistakes applicants make is underestimating the severity of their PTSD symptoms. PTSD can have a profound impact on daily functioning, including difficulty sleeping, intrusive memories, flashbacks, and avoidance of triggers. When completing your application, be sure to provide detailed and accurate information about the frequency and intensity of your symptoms. Include any relevant medical records, treatment history, and statements from healthcare providers that support your claim.

  1. Failing to Provide Sufficient Medical Evidence

Another mistake applicants often make is failing to provide sufficient medical evidence to support their PTSD claim. It’s essential to gather comprehensive documentation, including diagnoses, treatment notes, and reports from mental health professionals. If you’ve been hospitalized or received therapy or medication for your PTSD, be sure to include this information in your application. Additionally, consider obtaining statements from family members, friends, or coworkers who can attest to the impact of your symptoms on your daily life.

  1. Overlooking Work History and Functional Limitations

When applying for SSDI benefits, it’s important to consider your work history and functional limitations. The SSA evaluates your ability to perform substantial gainful activity (SGA) when determining eligibility for SSDI benefits. If your PTSD prevents you from working or significantly limits your ability to perform work-related tasks, be sure to include this information in your application. Provide details about any job accommodations you’ve received or attempts to return to work that were unsuccessful due to your symptoms.

  1. Missing Deadlines or Submitting Incomplete Forms

Missing deadlines or submitting incomplete forms can delay the processing of your SSDI or SSI application. Be sure to carefully review the application instructions and gather all required documentation before submitting your claim. If you need assistance completing the forms or obtaining necessary medical records, consider seeking help from a qualified attorney at Disability Advocates Group. An attorney can ensure that your application is accurate and complete, minimizing the risk of delays or denials.

  1. Failing to Seek Legal Representation

Perhaps the most significant mistake you can make when applying for SSDI or SSI benefits for PTSD is failing to seek legal representation. Navigating the disability claims process can be complex and overwhelming, especially when dealing with a condition like PTSD. An experienced attorney can help you understand your rights, gather necessary evidence, and advocate on your behalf throughout the application process. If your initial application is denied, an attorney can also represent you in the appeals process, increasing your chances of success.

At Disability Advocates Group, we understand the challenges individuals face when applying for SSDI or SSI benefits due to PTSD. Our compassionate and knowledgeable SSDI and SSI attorneys are dedicated to helping clients in Florida navigate the disability claims process and secure the benefits they need to support themselves and their families. Whether you live in Orlando or Hialeah, if you’re considering applying for SSDI or SSI benefits for PTSD, don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We’re here to help you every step of the way.

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.