Filing for disability can be a challenging process, especially when you’re already dealing with a health condition. The process can be time-consuming and complex, and making a mistake during the application process can result in the Employment Development Department (EDD) denying your benefits. But that’s where this blog can help; we will review the common mistakes to avoid when filing for disability.
Filing Your Application Late With the EDD
One of the most frequent errors made by people seeking disability benefits is submitting their application late to the EDD. According to state rules, you should file your claim within 49 days after the onset of your disability.
Delaying your application can result in the loss of benefits. Therefore, it is crucial to file your disability claim promptly once you can no longer work due to your health condition. Working with knowledgeable and experienced short-term disability lawyers can help you navigate this process more efficiently and avoid costly errors like this.
Making Errors in Your Application
Another common mistake to avoid is making errors on your disability application. The application requires accurate information, including information about your employer and the last time you performed your full duties at your job.
Any inaccuracies or inconsistencies in your application can raise red flags and could result in the EDD denying your application. It’s essential to double-check each section of your application before submission.
Submitting for Benefits When You Can Work Full-Time
A significant error made by disability claimants is the failure to understand the repercussions of being discovered as capable of working full-time. The EDD considers your ability to work when assessing your claim.
If evidence surfaces that you can maintain full-time employment, this could lead to a denial of your claim. Being upfront and honest about your capabilities is crucial to avoid any complications. Misrepresenting your ability to work risks denial of your application and can result in serious legal consequences.
Knowing these mistakes can help you get your benefits faster and prevent you from unknowingly committing fraud. Contact Pershing Square Law Firm if you believe the EDD wrongfully denied you short-term disability benefits. Our lawyers can work with you to make the best decisions for your appeal and provide you with proper representation at your hearing.