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Why Social Security Denies Disability Applications


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The decision to file for social security disability insurance benefits or SSDI is usually a serious one and is only done as a last resort. You’ve may have heard about the difficulty of securing benefits and your hope is that everything will work out. SSDI was at one time considered a right, not something you had to “win”.

Common Reasons Social Security Disability Benefits Are Denied

Medical records play a critical role for SSDI benefits.

  • When your medical records are not forthcoming or incomplete this is common basis for denial. There must be sufficient documentation to support your claim.
  • Short medical histories of your condition can be a basis for denial.

Applying for SSDI is a process and part of that process is to go through the rejection and appeals process. Just because your initial claim is denied, this does not mean that your options end there.

Someone to Advocate for You

The goal is for your initial SSDI application to be approved, and putting this in the hands of a legal expert is a great option.

Attorneys that specialize in SSDI case wins understand how to position your case for a positive outcome.

Some people don’t seek out the help of an attorney until after their claim is denied. However, by initially working with an attorney, you are walked through the process, and provided with professional advice and help to secure the documentation you need. An attorney will anticipate obstacles and understand the legalese to help win your case.

The Appeals Process

If your initial case is denied and requires an appeal, a SSDI attorney is your best defense.

Unfortunately up to seventy percent of cases are denied. Fifteen percent are approved after the first appeal, and sixty percent are approved after the second appeal.

Those that approve claims are human and mistakes or misjudgments can occur regarding a correct diagnosis of your condition. If you’ve been required to see a SSDI physician, sometimes administrative judges at the state level may consider his or her finding over your physician’s. This can result in your claim being denied.

The social security administrative has defined criteria and definitions that must be met in order to receive SSDI benefits. Most people are naive and don’t understand its complexities, and this is expected. Contact John Snyder today for the best possible chance at success with SSDI.

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