3 Critical Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim

3 Critical Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim



Hi. I'm Tony Castelli,personal injury trial attorney. I also focus my practice on Social Security
Disability and workers' compensation. My message today is 3 critical mistakes that
Social Security claimants make when applying for Social Security. The biggest mistake they make is that when
they get denied, they don't file their appeal or they don't file it in a timely fashion. You only have 60 days once you're denied to
file your appeal. Some people just get disappointed and think,
"Oh what's the use?" and don't even file an appeal. So what you should do is consult an attorney
to see what chance you have of moving forward in the process. Because many many times, people appeal their
case and end up winning. Social Security denies deserving people. Believe it. It happens. The other thing that people do that is a critical
mistake is they don't get a doctor to follow up their care. There's just about no way that you're going
to be found disabled in front of Social Security unless you have a good doctor following your
case. I tell people a good doctor is more helpful
than a good attorney in the Social Security case because I can't make up evidence; I can't
create what your injury is, explain about it, tell how it restricts you. Your doctor must do that. So if you have a good doctor, stick with him
and follow what they say. And the final thing is once you've been denied,
don't go this alone. This is a bureaucracy. There's a lot of tricks and traps and things
you can mess up on, you don't know about. Hire yourself a good Social Security Disability
attorney. If you do those 3 things, you may find out
that even though you were denied, that down the road you're found disabled and you're
getting your Social Security benefits.

31 thoughts on “3 Critical Mistakes That Can Ruin Your Social Security Disability Claim

  1. I got an attorney to do a appeal. He was from a very popular Law Firm and his senior Associates felt it was a simple case and decided to take my case. From the time we met to the date of the hearing I never heard from my attorney for 16 months except at the beginning to confirm they got all the paperwork from the doctor. The day of the hearing I was asking my attorney how long he has been doing this he said almost a year. She had been an attorney for commercial real estate. And we went into the hearing the judge was a female and stared at my attorney most of the hearing twirling her hair with a pencil smiling at him. He only ask me one question how did this affect your life. I had many conditions that affects my life. I again was denied. All five reasons that she gave for denying me never discussed 1 condition was completely wrong and two of the other reasons didn't apply to me. It was like we were in different hearings. Two weeks after the hearing I started sinking and realize that she had asked me a question and she was talking about incontinence when I really have IBS big problem. When I called his office distance said is Dan thinks there's a problem he'll call you serious switch I said please have him call me and again he said if he has any questions he'll call you.. I got the denial letter and saw that half of it didn't even apply to me the other half of it was wrong or not discussed. As stated earlier part of the decision was made by a condition not serious at all which was not what I have. She also said my health conditions we're not enough of a problem for me calling into work. That was far from the truth she didn't discuss my job and calling in. Determination all is good in sign at work. Not at all close to the truth. I'm on 64 I left my job because I could not perform anymore I was written up for calling in so much sleet or not coming at all and that normally I would have been let go. But because they liked me in my work they gave me a clean slate. No my lawyer know Langley went to court with me are asking me to bring anything about my being written up for so much tardiness or missed work due to my conditions. I was absolutely livid steam turns down with all that I have going on. I like to work what was what had happened to me I just couldn't do it any longer. Anyhow my lawyer said he'd file a repeal to show that there were something wrong with each of the five reasons she denied me. I found out he did not smile every pills and introduced into the court the evidence that I should have been told to get in the first place. My attorney sad the judge did not consider any of the doctors information. My vocational doctor said that there was no work that I could do. What ended up happening was two weeks later I got an a letter for a referral to an attorney that would works with Sarah firm and would put my case in federal court. When I contacted my attorney is referral he said he does not handle Federal cases and to find someone else. My case was tainted from the beginning. So in my opinion andalous the attorney lost the case. Now I have no chance cuz I can't start over from what I've Been Told.

  2. I have severe diverticulitis with internal bleeding and other bleeding and I'm waiting for my decision now. Hope all that are sick get the compensation they deserve!!

  3. Okay I have a second appeal hearing coming up in September and I had to be examined by a mental health expert and my doctor had recently given me a medication that makes me really out of it (it's to control my nerves) and I was really out of it – I was hardly able to answer the questions but i did…. it was bad I had to keep my head down & I could barely talk, i couldn't really see and she would repeat what I answered to make sure that's what I meant and then I would say yeah but I really felt like it should have been rescheduled. My friend said it would probably help me cuz that would show that the medication I take that I can't even talk on it or see and I could barely walk. I almost fell people asked me if I needed help. I'm just worried these questions that she asked me – I don't remember any of them and I don't know how I answered them. Is there anyway I could find out how these questions were answered?

  4. My 2nd comment, MICHEAL Wheatts us ATTNY & prosecutors special investigative team on judicial criminal investigations HPD public officers of the court prosecutors office , already involves other administrative GOVT employee's corruption goerge Parrott etc prosecutors office, someone find internet email of us ATTNY MICHEAL Wheatts & HIS investigative team investigating honolulu's corruption GOVT enhanced annual employees evaluation friends involvement that sherriffs bail bonds Lincoln Smith participated in stealing in total coulda shoulda woulda been my EST fianancial assets $2.5 MILLION that doesn't include WRONGFULL INCARCERATION by intentionally abusing all of the above then call it a blasphemy prophesy, won't stand up in court but not so the players involved by GOVT PDF files only to investigate judge Daniel Healy & oldest daughter Pat Healy,
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  5. So that justice has OPUTUNITY to my personal issue on child services enforcement agency tapping my social security as income withholding more than 60%, I'm homeless now at 30% rent of income, but retired now at 90% =30% rent if I'm at before retirement rent assistance poverty, =GOVT required income adding insult to injury 60% non payment child support BUT ITS OK IVE GOT NO INHIBITIONS, OR REMORSE TO RE-AUDIT MY X SPOUSES HIDDEN FIANANCIAL ASSETS ONLY WHEN EXPRESSED in ATTNY GENERAL hearing 1 sided hypocrisy denial when confronted in person according to THIER letter to myself requesting not by warrant by requesting if I personally object to its fianancial findings this hearing your able to object🌋 BULLSHIT🌋 revealing my x wife fianancial fraudulent intentional hidding $75,000.00 in savings certificate bonds, I'm informed NOT ON THE AGENDA DAYS EVENT ON THIS DAYS CALANDER AGENDA EVENT, OK OK NOT OK WITH ME, INFORMING CSEA, INVESTIGATOR WAYNE IZUMI EMPLOYED GOVT CSEA INVESTIGATOR, UPON MY REQUEST DOESNT INVESTIGATE, WOW BRADAH IZUMI, HOW DO I GET A GOVT JOB LIKE YOURS ID FUCKING CREAM IN MY PANTS AT GETTING PAID EXTREEM SALARY WITH EXTREEMLY NOTHING TO DO WORK PERFORM & NOT ACCOUNTABLE NOT DOING SO PLEASE PLEASE PRETTY PLEASE SOMEBODY TELL ME IN THIS WORLD OF WORLDLY EMPLOYMENT HOW TO AQUIRE SUCH A GOVT OFFICE AIRCONDITIONED WITH DANCING GIRLS PROSTITUTION & DRUGS HOW DO I GET A FUCKING JOB LIKE THAT INVESTIGATOR THAT DONT INVESTIGATE WOOOW THATS IMPRESSIVE AGGH WAYNE IZUMI, THE FIRST UNDERSTANDING MANDATORY BEING A PARENT THEN YOU GOTTA LEARN THE BBLLIIMPS, THE RESPONDING TO CHILDS NAME, ALL BEFORE CHILD CAN EVEN SPEAK, THE CHILDS LOOK OF CONCERN DADY SOMETHINGS WRONG, LASTLY FOR DADY TO PLAY BARBIE WITH DAUGHTER IN 3 SECONDS OR LESS, THEN ONLY THEN WOULD ANY UNDERSTAND MY WRATH OF RE-AUDIT HIDEN FIANANCIAL ASSETS RE-AUDIT, IM NOT MERCILESS THAT $75,000.00 IN FRADULANT INTENTIONAL JIDEN ASSETS BY EX WIFE COULD HAVE GONE UNNOTICED FROM MYSELF SOLE CUSTODY BY X & THE ATTNY GENERAL CSEA, ALL THEY HAD TO PRODUCE IS A RECEIPT $75,000.00 IM NOT WILLING TO LET IT GO THEYVE GOT NO RECEIPT🌋🌋🌋🌋🌋🌋

  6. I was approved today at my ALJ hearing! There would have been zero chance I would have been approved had I not had an attorney with me They were discussing many different codes and, although I was a legal secretary for years, I still did not understand all the questions, much less able to properly answer them. I have severe cellulitis with MRSA, and peripheral artery disease in my left leg. I had an angioplasty this past February. Treatment, treatment, treatment. It's VERY IMPORTANT. Also, DO NOT LIE! He asked me about past drug use. I told him the truth. Chances are, if they ask you about drug/alcohol use or cigarette smoking, they already see it in your records. If you lie, you will lose your case for sure. I offered to take a drug test today if he so desired. He said that wouldn't be necessary. He found me credible, It's futile to lie. Also, don't ramble on and on. Answer the question as best you can in a few sentences or less. I thank you so much for all your wonderful advice!!!

  7. Please answer me I just got divorced. I draw as I and social security if I marry a man that works in the future would my benefits get cut please respond

  8. If i had the money to hire a lawyer or have a good doctor, it's obvious, I wouldn't need to bother with ssi.

  9. I got denied after 3 years in Arkansas! I want to go to federal court! The letter I received back! Said I could work as a security gard or work in a factory! My lawyer didn't provide medical correctly that I've given them! The SSDI doctor wasn't even at my hearing! I have COPD, Nerve damage in my L4-L5, I've had back surgery one time! I had another MRI over a year from surgery and the doctor said I'd have to have surgery again! But the SSDI doctors say I can work! I have Reynolds sendrom too! And a Heart problems! Lots of medications! It's like my lawyer is working for the judge! I'm applying for my appeal! It's like SSDI wants me to kill myself or something! (I don't know)

  10. When you're injured, you can't work. No money. No medical care. You can't wrack up medical debt hoping and praying a broken system will cut you a break. It's insanity.

  11. Mr. Castelli. When I got injured on the job. I was told it was pre-existing but she refused to tell me what it was because "I might use it against her in court". "Follow up with your private doc." Private doc gives meds for symptoms but doesn't determine etiology. And he redirects your questions. Constantly redirecting. They also follow the lead of medicare (I didn't have medicare) Without etiology, I didn't qualify for SSDI because I lacked Objective Medical Evidence. When I went outside of the HMO/medicare system (absolute crap) the judge deemed it "subjective" even though the evidence was from a doctor. It was also common to hold you up for years and years. When (and if) you got a win the back pay felt like the lottery (I didn't qualify). This hides the fact that the actual money you receive is not enough to survive on. The local paper at the time did a front page special for a week about folks who died (literally died) waiting for their SSDI claim to go through. I keep hearing about single payer is the answer. Every time my wife's insurance denies my coverage on something, they differ to the medicare standard. We're not on medicare. SINGLE PAYER IS MEDICARE. CRADLE TO GRAVE MEDICARE. The lemon dance this government puts you through is designed to grind you down to nothing. The doctors take orders from insurance. The insurance dictates what medicines will be prescribed, which tests will be given, which procedures are allowed. The insurance companies practice medicine, not the doctors. The doctors are nothing more than glorified nurses at war with the insurance companies. The rest of us are just chumps.

  12. I went for a medical exam which felt more like a physical and lasted 5 minutes lol I’m applying bc I have 21q deletion syndrome what was the point of the consultation if he is not a gene doctor lol he didn’t know what the fuck the syndrome was I had to explain to him and he pretty much goggled it … god my syndrome is rare and it’s more of findings you have from it rather than an specific issue … why do they even bother with this medical exams lol wouldn’t the medical records I provided be enough lol if they didn’t know about the syndrome why not send me to gene doctor rather than a basic general practice doctor … if I lose I would have to appeal

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  14. I won ssi at the hearing got a 2+ hour phone call 5 months later for a review. I had previously stated that i had a verbal agreement to repay my landlord for letting me stay in his home for almost 3 years basically rent free due to severe physically disability. During the call i was asked if i wasn't awarded ssi benefits and back pay would my landlord sue me. I responded why would he go pay to file a lawsuit against me if i didn't get it. So i responded NO he would not sue me. So because of that they took the majority of my back pay. So now i am taking my landlord to a formal hearing so he can say thaw he wants his money that they collected for my back rent. I was suppose to receive close to $16 grand after paying the lawyer and dshs for the monthly stipend. I was left with barely $6 grand. I feel like i was deceived then robbed.

  15. I have read a lot pf these posts and saying they are really disabled but got denied, IF YOU ARE UNDER A DOCTORS CARE WHEN YOU FILE AND THAT DOCTOR WRITES A LETTER STATING YOUR SICKNESS AND THAT HE FEELS THAT YOU CANNOT WORK WITH YOUR ILLNESS YOU WILL GET APPROVED!!! IF YOU ARE DENIED THEN YOUR FILE CONTAINS SOMETHING IN IT ARE THEY WATCHED YOU AFTER YOU FILED AND SEEN YOU DO SOMETHING YOU SAID YOU CANNOT DO THEY DONT TELL YOU THAT THEY SPY ON PEOPLE ESPECIALLY NOW. THEY ALSO TALK TO FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS YOU WILL NOT KNOW. SO IF YOU ARE TRULY DISABLED AND YOUR DR LISTED YOUR DISABLING ILLNESS AND SAID YOU CANNOT WORK THEY HAVE TO APPROVE YOU . IF THAT ILLNESS IS NOT ON THEIR LIST OF DISABILITIES THEN DR NOTE ARE NOT YOU WILL BE DENIED. IT ALSO DEPENDS WHAT TYPE OF JOB YOU DID BEFORE YOUR DISABLING ILLNESSES. IF YOU NEVER WORKED HOW DO YOU KNOW THERE ISNT SOMETHING YOU CAN DO ? ALSO IF THERE IS MEDICATION YOU CAN TAKE THAT HELPS YOUR ILLNESSES I KNOW THIS MAKES A LOT OF YOU ANGRY BUT SOCIAL SECURITY HAS A SET OF QUALIFYING ILLNESS'S THOSE ONES YOU SAY ARE DISABLED AND DOING BETTER THAN YOU ? MAYBE THEY HAVE AN INCURABLE ILLNESS LIKE AIDS. AND FOR THE FAKING ONES THEY WILL GO TO PRISON ONCE THEY ARE CAUGHT . TURN THEM IN BUT YOU HAVE TO HAVE SOLID EVIDENCE BEFORE SOCIAL SECURITY WILL INVESTGATE.

  16. I was actually approved for two different disabilities with two different dates. first they told me that I won my case back to will just say 2013. then the next time she tells me she doesn't know what I'm talking about that they found my date of disability to be in 2016.

  17. Leaning on them when they cut a person off can also prove to be destructive. Try to stay free financially. Stress can ruin one's health on top of other things. They don't care.

  18. You also need recent medical records (6 months).

    At 59, I ended up without a job and in a county social services dept asking for mtg assistance. The paperwork I was presented had "unemployable" checked off and the notary who placed signature for lien on home instructed me to sign up for SSDI and SSI, noting that one takes longer than the other and so I should sign up for both. I did.

    Had psych eval today, 2 days after finding out my mtg is now in 2nd month of delinquency; I missed a date (medical results) and cried like a baby, i mean I was wailing, due to that issue. I have ability to work at my job at home and do not have ability to work at a restaurant. I am 59 and have 38 year work history (paid into SS 97000.00 myself, plus emp match in the same ballpark).

    This personnel, I find, have an attitude and I can see that they could destroy a person's life should they chose. I sense trouble and want to back out now. I have not seen a doctor in 6 yrs due to no ins. I believe this itself will be the reason I am denied so again, I ask myself, what am I doing here?

    The procedure was not thoroughly explained to me, assumptions were made. I never said I was too ill to work, but I cannot stand, walk long distances, lift, blah blah blah, I AM 59 YRS OLD.

    I spent so much time pursuing this when I could have been figuring out how to move out and get the house sold (equity in it) so yeah, driving applicants crazy with frustration and negligence is beginning to reveal itself. I am numb with fear and all alone. I cannot imagine how I will survive if house is auctioned off and I lose 20 years of investment in this home which I love.

  19. Who do you turn to when you get denied time and time again but clearly qualify. Drs aren't documenting and when I mentioned it he yelled at me for over 14 min about how I can't tell him how to do his job( recorded by my kid btw) his nurse practitioner and himself lied on some of my records said they did things they never did. Even the judge didn't have her facts straight told me on my denial letter being over weight wasn't a excuse ummm I'm 104 lbs not 160 like she stated. My lawyers have been blatantly lazy I haven't worked since 2011 have multiple issues physical and mental memory issues. I mean who protects you when the ones you trust aren't doing their job NOW ALL MY WORK CREDITS ARE GONE. I heard you could request a judge to reopen your old case I wish. I'm diagnosed bipolar 1 mixed rapid cycling with psychosis, (blood clotting issue)positive lupus anticoagulant APS/Hughes,GAD,GERD, hypothyroidism, Fibromyalgia, waiting a chair test for vertigo my medicine alone makes it impossible to function enough to work and without it even with it idk anymore what a good day is anymore. Memory issues bad. And apparently i should be my true self at the drs and act how i feel about these idiots because I can work because I'm respectful at the drs. Damn right iam I need my meds the fact my lazy lawyer only got 2 records after I called to be sure is amazing Cochran forms something else. I beaten and tierd.

  20. I have glaucoma in my left eye and floaters as well.Floaters are tough to deal with they stress me out sometimes especially at the beginning now I have high blood pressure as well because of the floaters and glaucoma.Also back problems from about 20 years of labor work.I have to cut out some stress the only one is work stress.I would rather keep working but my fighting is making me worse now more illnesses are popping up.Also have a bad hip that just without notice slips out.I do not know when it will happen and the next minute it is back again.But dangerous for any physical work.Which is what I have done my whole life.I am going to see about getting checked for pinched nerve as well my neck is tingling and lower back pain and soreness that wraps around to my right hip.Can I win with this list of problems.

  21. I got my SSDI on the first appeal. Do NOT do this without an attorney and plenty of medical/psychiatric paperwork from your doctors.

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