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by Jeff Rasansky - August 27, 2012
Jeff Rasansky
Jeff Rasansky, managing partner of Rasansky Law Firm, is an aggressive Dallas personal injury lawyer with 25 years of legal experience.

This week, we are discussing the most common mistakes we see when it comes to applying for Social Security disability benefits. We’ve covered some of the biggest mistakes out there, from neglecting to follow your doctors’ advice to forgetting to include a complete medical history. Let’s look at three more common mistakes that we haven’t mentioned yet:

  • Not listing your mental health issues. Many applicants are quick to discuss their physical ailments, but there is often a stigma tied to mental illness. However, it is vital to list all of your medical issues when applying for benefits, including problems like anxiety and depression, if you want to get the full and fair payment you deserve.
  • Not educating yourself about the process. Too many people assume that if they are eligible for benefits, they will get them without any trouble. In reality, your chances of succeeding increase significantly if you are familiar with the process, know the common stumbling blocks, and understand what is most important to prove.
  • Exaggerating or dramatizing your disability. The SSA does not want to hear your sad story, and they don’t make their decisions based on what a tough time you’ve been having (even if that is the case). Focus on the facts, not on your emotions or your hardships. You are not more likely to get approved if you really need the money or if you have other personal problems unrelated to your health and employment.
  • Giving up. Far too many people get a letter about their denied benefits and never appeal their claim. If you are certain that you are too ill or disabled to work, you need to continue fighting for the disability benefits that you deserve. Call a Texas Social Security disability attorney today at 1-877-405-4313 to discuss your plan of action in a confidential setting.
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