Denied Social Security Disability Benefits?
Have you ever filed for Social Security Disability benefits and your claim was denied? You’re not alone – Social Security denies approximately 70% – 75% of the applications for disability. Even when you have extensive documentation, your initial application for Social Security Disability Benefits stands a good chance of being denied. If you are denied benefits you will receive a letter from Social Security indicating that your claim has been denied, telling you why it was denied and explaining your appeal rights. Common reasons for denial are as follows:
- Too Much Income or Assets
- Your Disability Will not Last a Year
- No Communication with Administrative Office
- Insufficient Medical Evidence
- Your Impairments are Not Severe Enough
- You Have not Followed Recommended Therapies
- The Disability is a Result of Drug or Alcohol Addiction
- Claimant is a Convicted Felon
If you feel that you have been unfairly denied your Social Security Benefits, do not give up. Approximately 60% -70% of all initially denied claims are turned into accepted claims after either reconsideration or a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. If your initial application for Social Security Disability Benefits has been denied, definitely apply for reconsideration of the denial. The reconsideration is made by someone who did not review your claim the first time. It is usually a paper review and you can submit new information.
If your application for reconsideration is denied, you have the right to an appeal before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who is employed by the Social Security Administration. You must request this hearing within 60 days from the date your request for reconsideration was denied. At this point, having a lawyer on your side that has a strong knowledge of how the Social Security Disability claims process works is critical and can greatly improve your chances of getting your case approved. Before the hearing, your attorney will gather medical evidence to support your claim and prepare you for your testimony, increasing your chances for success. According to SSA’s statistics, applicants who are represented at their ALJ hearing are more than 4 times more likely to win their case. An aggressive and experienced social security disability lawyer can evaluate your claim, help you gather the proper documentation to expedite the application process, and work vigorously to ensure that your claim is approved.
If your claim for Social Security Benefits has been denied, I would be happy to assist in the appeal process. Far too many disabled people are routinely denied claims despite their disabling medical conditions. I have been practicing law for over 20 years. My firm, James E. Short, PLC, is located in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake. Please contact me today – free of charge – to discuss how I can help you recover the social security benefits you may be entitled to. I am deeply involved in and committed to helping individuals access the healthcare and disability benefits that they have been denied.