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Seven Mistakes to Avoid When Seeking Social Security Disability Benefits
Date:7/11/2008

lready be a precarious financial situation.”

To help educate claimants, Allsup provides the following information on seven common mistakes people make when filing for SSDI benefits.

Seven Common Mistakes When Filing for SSDI

1. Going into the process uneducated. Some people believe it’s just a matter of filling out a few forms, sending them in and waiting for their checks. They would be surprised to find out just how complicated the SSDI process really is.

The Social Security Administration follows a five-step sequential evaluation process to determine if an individual qualifies for disability benefits, explained Swierczek, including:

*   You must not be gainfully employed, which is defined as earning $940 a month or more,
*   Your condition is severe, meaning it interferes with basic activities of work,
*   Your condition is on the Social Security Administration’s list of disabling conditions, or medically equals one of the disabling conditions on the list, and you will be disabled for more than 12 months,
*   You are not able to do the work you had been doing before the impairment, and,
*   You can’t perform any other type of work.

“You have to meet the first two criteria before the Social Security Administration will consider your claim,” said Swierczek, who has more than 30 years of experience helping individuals through the complexities of the SSDI application process.

“If you’re a 40-year-old ironworker who hurt your back, the Social Security Administration may find that
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