7 little-known Social Security benefits
SSDI step 1: Hire help
When you apply for disability insurance, Social Security doesn't tell you that your first step ought to be hire a lawyer or other expert adviser. Allsup, a private firm that advises people about how to get SSDI, says Social Security doesn't even make it clear that an applicant can have representation from the very beginning of the application process. As a result, lots of people don't get help until they've been initially denied, and that slows down the process unnecessarily, according to Allsup spokeswoman Mary Jung.
Jung also warns SSDI applicants to be accurate and precise on the application. Small mistakes can make a big difference. Minimizing how much exertion was required to perform the person's job is a common mistake that frequently results in denial of a claim.