Why Do Paperwork Errors Cause SSDI/SSI Rejections?

By far the most common reason that people have their applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) denied is due to paperwork errors. These often simple mistakes are easy to make, and often easy to correct, and yet they result in more denials than any other. But why are paperwork errors such a common problem, and what can you do to avoid them?

What Are Paperwork Errors?

In the context of SSDI and SSI applications, paperwork errors are basically what they sound like: mistakes made on your application that can result in them being denied. This is because every application must be filled out accurately and completely to be accepted. Any major mistakes can thus be grounds for denial if not addressed.

What Kinds of Errors Are Commonly Seen?

Some of the most common paperwork errors are simple issues like misspellings or omissions, which are often the result of simple human carelessness. In addition, it can be the result of important documents that were not included, which may be the result of carelessness, but can also be the result of not understanding what was required for the application. As a result, some people may make serious mistakes and not even realize it.

What Happens When You Make These Errors?

When you first submit an application for SSDI or SSI, you will be contacted by the Social Security Administration (SSA) if there are any serious issues that need to be corrected. However, if you fail to respond to messages from the SSA in a timely manner, they may choose to reject your application. If that happens, you may need to wait half a year before you can attempt again.

How Can You Avoid These Mistakes?

If you want to avoid these mistakes, double-checking to make sure everything is correct and complete is a good start. However, it can be helpful to have your application reviewed by a lawyer with experience handling SSDI and SSI applications. Not only can they make sure your application is free of errors, they can also help argue on your behalf if any problems arise.

If you or a loved one need assistance applying for SSDI or SSI benefits, it is important that you seek the guidance of an experienced Social Security Disability benefits lawyer. The lawyers at Sullivan & Kehoe, LLP have over 50 years of combined experience between its attorneys and are available to you or your loved one in obtaining Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefits. To schedule a consultation with our New York Social Security Disability benefits lawyers, call (631) 823-7155.

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