Man Filling Out a Social Security ApplicationThe Social Security disability application is long and tedious. As you complete the application, you may skip a question that you aren’t sure how to answer. You may have meant to go back and answer the question later, but you forgot, and you submitted an incomplete Social Security disability application to the Social Security Administration.

What Happens If You File an Incomplete Social Security Disability Application

If you fail to answer a question on your Social Security disability application, your application may be considered incomplete, and your Social Security disability benefits may be:

  • Delayed. The Social Security Administration may decide they don’t have enough information to make a decision about your eligibility. Accordingly, the agency may request additional information from you or other sources familiar with your disability. The Social Security Administration may also request a consultative exam which may delay your claim.
  • Denied. It’s up to you to convince the Social Security Administration that you qualify for benefits. If you fail to answer questions, the agency may conclude that it doesn’t have the required information to find you disabled, and your application may be denied.

If your application is delayed or denied, you may lose out on getting the benefits you need right now. However, you may be able to work with an experienced Social Security disability lawyer to fix the error and get the benefits you deserve.

How to Answer Social Security Disability Questions You’re Not Sure About

You have some options when you are dealing with a question you are unsure about. You may:

  • Indicate that you’ve read the question and it doesn’t apply to you. Some of the Social Security disability application questions may seem inapplicable to you. We encourage you to let the Social Security Administration know that you’ve read the question and to answer the question with a “not applicable” rather than leaving the answer space blank.
  • Talk to a Social Security disability lawyer about your answers. Our experienced disability attorneys know how to help you answer all disability applications honestly and thoroughly so that your application is not delayed or denied because of unanswered questions.

To prevent unnecessary unanswered questions, we encourage you to:

  • Thoroughly review the application instructions
  • Have someone review your application before you submit it and ask them to check for unanswered questions
  • Gather necessary documents about your health and work history before you begin completing the application

Together, these steps can help you complete your Social Security disability application without leaving unintentional unanswered questions.

More Tips for Submitting a Strong Social Security Disability Application

The Social Security Administration has to determine whether you are disabled according to the agency’s definition of disability. Accordingly, you don’t want to leave any room for doubt. Instead, you want to:

  • Answer the questions asked of you completely, accurately, and in an easy to understand way
  • Present all supporting documentation requested of you
  • Thoroughly describe all of your physical and mental restrictions
  • Make sure your doctor records all of your symptoms and restrictions
  • Follow your medical treatment plan

Completing a successful Social Security disability application can be stressful, but you don’t have to do it alone. You are likely at a time in your life when you need to concentrate on your physical health, your emotional well-being, and your family.

You don’t need the added stress of dealing with the bureaucracy of the Social Security Administration to get the benefits you’ve earned through your years of work.

Instead, our experienced and local Natick Social Security disability lawyers can help you get the benefits you’ve earned. Our lawyers focus our practice on Social Security disability applicants in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. We regularly appear before the hearing officers in these jurisdictions, and we are committed to helping our neighbors.

We invite you to learn more about the Social Security disability process by downloading a free copy of our book, Unlocking the Mystery: The Essential Guide for Navigating the Social Security Disability Claims Process, and contacting us directly for a free consultation in our Natick office or by phone.

Are You Looking for a Social Security Disability Attorney in Boston, MA?

If you are looking to apply for social security disability, you need to speak with an experienced social security disability lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Natick Office directly at 888.904.6847 to schedule your free consultation.


John L. Keefe
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Founding Attorney, Massachusetts Social Security Disability Lawyer