If you’re applying for Social Security Disability, there are a lot of ways to get it wrong and make sure you never get insurance for your loss of income. Here are a few things not to do:

DON’T be vague.

You will need to provide information on your medical history, work experience, and education or training. Include as much detail as possible on each. Pay attention to medical details in particular, including all of your conditions – not just the worst ones. Make sure to fill out all of the forms completely.

DON’T trust SSA to look up all of your records.

In order to obtain your medical records, the SSA will ask for the contact information of all of the doctors, hospitals, and clinics that have treated you. Make sure to get that information in, but go even further: acquire a copy of the medical records yourself and turn them in to the SSA.

DON’T be late.

Respond promptly to everything. Show up for meetings on time and reply quickly when SSA representatives ask questions. Some of the forms have deadlines, so make sure to keep that in mind and submit them on time.

DON’T give up if you’re denied.

Even if you follow all of the advice above, your application may still be denied. Many if not most people are denied benefits the first time around. You only have 60 days to file an appeal, so don’t waste time getting upset about the initial rejection.

DON’T appeal on your own.

A lawyer will prove crucial for your SSDI appeal. Allow an attorney to look over your case for you, because that’s the best way to find out exactly what went wrong the first time around. In addition, a lawyer only receives payment if you win. The law limits legal fees to a small percentage of your past due benefits, so the financial cost will be well worth it.

Our Memphis Social Security Disability lawyers can help you with your appeal and work to get you the benefits you deserve. We can also answer any questions you may have going into this process. Contact us today to talk with an attorney.