Social Security Disability benefits are denied for a variety of reasons. If you have been denied either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits it could mean you may have failed to meet the nonmedical conditions and you have insufficient work credits for SSDI or you have too many resources or income to qualify for Supplemental Security Income. Social Security Disability benefits are also denied for medical reasons which means the Social Security Administration has determined either your condition or illness does not meet the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled”, or you did not have sufficient medical evidence to prove you were disabled.
Countless Social Security Disability claims are denied each year and many of those claims are legitimate. Some claimants have had success winning Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income by contacting a Social Security Disability attorney to review their SSDI or SSI claim and file a Social Security Disability appeal.
What a Denial Means For You?
So you have filled out the Social Security Disability application, sent it to the Social Security Administration and patiently waited months for the decision. Now you are staring at a denial. You may be frustrated, sick and angry. What does this denial mean for you? Does it mean you will never get Social Security Disability benefits? What is the next step?
The good and bad news is you are not alone. Over 75% of first time SSD applications are denied. As mentioned before, many of these claims are legitimate, and the claimants will eventually be awarded benefits. If you are staring at a denial letter, if you are disabled with a mental or physical health condition that keeps you from employment and is expected to last for at least 12 months, it is time to file your Social Security Disability appeal.
Many claimants never file a Social Security Disability appeal and simply keep refilling for benefits over and over again. This may seem like a simpler solution but unfortunately this decision generally renders the same decision. New Social Security Disability applications are reviewed by the Disability Determination Services office (DDS). DDS examiners are responsible for analyzing each Social Security Disability application and making a medical determination about each claimant’s case. The DDS examiners have very strict, formalized criteria which they use for this review, and although your second application probably will not be reviewed by the same examiner, in most cases, the second examiner will make the same decision.
Filing a Social Security Disability Appeal
Filing a Social Security Disability appeal is often the best course of action for most claimants because it allows the claimant an opportunity to eventually present their SSD case to an Administrative Law Judge. Administrative Hearings are generally the third step in the Social Security Appeals process, and they allow claimants a chance to meet the decision maker face to face, offer medical evidence and present witnesses for their case. Judges are not bogged down by strict guidelines and oversight, and statistically, claimants have a forty-percent chance of winning their Social Security Disability benefits in an Administrative hearing even if they choose to fight for benefits without the help of a Social Security Disability Attorney. Claimants who choose to hire a Social Security Disability attorney have an even higher chance of winning Social Security Disability benefits.
How can a SSD lawyer help? Lawyers can gather recent medical evidence, present information about your residual functional capacity for working and question the vocational and medical experts.
Don’t keep applying over and over again for Social Security Disability benefits, remaining in an endless cycle of repetitive denials. Talk to a Social Security Disability lawyer about what type of evidence you need to win your Social Security Disability claim.