The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits is tough. Sometimes, your own actions can make the application process more difficult. The Social Security Administration will look for any reason to reject your claim—making an already difficult process even harder. Here are the most important things to avoid when you pursue your Social Security Disability claim:
- Doing Drugs or Drinking Alcohol: You cannot hide substance abuse from the doctors treating you. If you have a problem, you can still receive Social Security disability benefits—if you get treatment and try to stay clean. Judges have little sympathy for those who don’t help themselves—and deny claims accordingly.
- Posting on Social Media About Your Injury or Claim: Posts on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter can impact your claim. Authorities can use this information to deny you benefits—especially at a hearing. Negative posts can affect an examiner’s or judge’s opinion of you.
- Missing or Ignoring Deadlines: If you miss your hearing, blow off a consultation, or fail to file an appeal in time—you’re asking for a denial. Second chances are rare—and courts take their deadlines seriously.
Watch the video below to learn additional mistakes that can sabotage your SSD claim:
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