Applying for Social Security Disability in Illinois should be a straight-forward process. However, people with chronic conditions often find their application for disability benefits is denied due to miscommunication, mistakes in paperwork or other simple errors. These errors are easily avoidable when working with a Chicago disability lawyer. Five of the most common reasons SSDI claims are denied have been outlined here to provide greater understanding of what goes into the process and improve the odds of a successful claim.
1. Not providing enough information
The SSDI application process is long. Leaving out specifics regarding a person’s work history, medical issues, physical or psychological limitations, or medical care team can lead to denial.
2. Not fairly stating the extent of the disability
This is an issue that goes both ways. Some people exaggerate the impact of their condition, making it seem worse than it truly is. Others may under-represent the impact their condition has on their life, whether due to recent diagnosis or simply not understanding the ramifications of an illness. In either case, misstating the extent of the disability leads to a rejection letter.
3. Missing deadlines
Paperwork for the SSDI claim process has deadlines. Letters must be opened and responded to in accordance to these or the SSDI claim can be dismissed without further consideration. This is especially important when it comes to the SSDI appeal process, where working with a disability lawyer can prove beneficial.
4. Incomplete or missing RFC
The residual functional capacity assessment, or RFC, is one way the extended medical team can showcase the true impact that a disability or combination of conditions has on a patient’s ability to work. Many claims are rejected on the basis that the disabled party still has skills and abilities outside their disability, thus making it possible to find work in another area. A complete, thorough RFC will explain how the injury, illness or combination of conditions truly limits job prospects for the claimant.
5. Not following doctors’ orders
When in the course of a treatment plan for recovering from a major illness or injury, it is vital that patients follow the advice of their medical team. Failure to do so can lead to an outright denial of any pending SSDI claim. A well documented treatment plan and established pattern of attending appointments, completing therapy and following advice regarding everything from rest to prescriptions is essential to the success of disability claims.