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Things that may slow down your SSDI application process

On Behalf of | Jul 4, 2024 | Social Security Disability |

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be complex and lengthy. Knowing what might slow down your application can help you avoid delays.

Provide complete and accurate information

Delays often happen due to incomplete or inaccurate information. This includes wrong personal details, missing records, or incomplete work history. Make sure all information is correct and complete. Double-check your application before submitting it.

Submit all necessary medical documentation

Medical records are essential for your SSDI claim. Missing or outdated records can cause delays. Gather all current medical records from your healthcare providers, including treatments, medications, and tests.

Follow prescribed treatments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) views failure to follow prescribed treatments negatively, which can cause delays or denials. Follow your doctor’s recommendations and document your compliance. If you can’t follow a treatment plan due to side effects or other reasons, tell your healthcare provider and document it.

Maintain communication with the SSA

Regular contact with the SSA is critical. Ignoring requests for more information or documentation can slow down your application. Keep track of any correspondence from the SSA and respond quickly.

Prepare for appeals and reconsiderations

If the SSA denies your initial application, the appeals process can take time. Understand the reasons for denial and address them quickly in your appeal. Provide any additional documents or clarification requested by the SSA during the reconsideration phase.

Navigating the SSDI process efficiently

Navigating the SSDI application process requires attention to detail and proactive communication. By avoiding these common pitfalls, you can help ensure a smoother and quicker application process.