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Hearing Office Database

GAO Study Reveals
  • Being discouraged and not appealing a denial. 50-60% of initial claims are denied.
  • Not continuing to see your doctor and take prescribed medication.
  • Assuming that Social Security will obtain all of your important medical records
  • Not keeping your attorney or representative fully informed of your situation i.e. medical treatments, SSA correspondence and contact information changes.
  • Failure to file timely appeals.
  • Submitting medical reporting and functional capacity statements which will hurt your claim
  • Failing to express all of your symptoms and limitations to your treating doctor(s). Be sure to describe your limitations and symptoms in detail.
  • Not making notes about symptoms (pain, seizures) and the side effects of medications
  • Not keeping accurate dates of onset for your various problems
  • Completing the Disability Report and Daily Activity Questionnaires without your professional representative.
  • Failure to take names and dates of disability claim contacts
  • Relying on answers from SSA’s 800 number representatives.
  • Not asking for a report of contact when given an answer by the local SSA office.
  • Answering phone inquiries instead of deferring to your representative.
  • Sending a professional resume to Social Security with your claim.
  • Making comments to your doctor that sound like you are more active than you really are.Example: I went camping with my family last weekend. When in fact you spent 90% of the trip lying down in the back of your RV.

We always recommend that you consult with an experienced professional before contacting Social Security for your disability claim.

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