Not only do around 70% of Social Security Disability claims get denied, many are denied more than once. When filing your initial disability claim, it’s important to remember why so many claims are denied in the first place. No one wants to waste tons of time on excessive paperwork going through the appeals process. There are many reasons an SSD claim can be denied, but here are some of the more common ones.
Lack of Medical Evidence
In order to receive Social Security Disability benefits, you have to first be able to prove via medical evidence that you are eligible for a disability claim. You have to be able to provide a sufficient amount of objective medical evidence. There is no such thing as too much evidence. This can include test results and records that indicate how severe your condition is and how it is affecting you. If you don’t have any evidence, speak to your physician on how they can help provide you with that information.
Reapplying After Being Denied
It sounds counterintuitive, but the truth is that if you reapply it will not work. When your new application is seen, they will see that you have already applied and immediately deny the new claim or deny you for the same reason as before. Instead, you should appeal your denial decision. It’s best to seek professional help from an attorney to guide you through the process. (That’s where we come in. We’ll touch more on that later).
Not Following Doctor’s Orders
The Social Security Administration may require you to attend a consultative exam performed by a third-party medical expert. If they do request this and you don’t show up, your claim will most likely be denied. Be sure to pay attention to any date and time info the Social Security Administration sends you. You also have to make sure you are adhering to any instructions regarding medications or treatments your doctor suggests. If you’re not following their directions and you’re not getting better, it’s going to be hard for them to determine if your condition is stopping you from being able to work.
Failing to Seek Legal Help
The amount of paperwork alone can be enough to want to give up before even applying. A qualified attorney has been through the process before, and can help guide you through.
“Disability claimants represented by an attorney are three times more likely to have your claim for disability benefits approved. If you try to handle the claims process on your own, you are more likely to fall through the cracks, miss some important information, fail to complete the paperwork accurately and completely, and even miss deadlines.” – disabilitybenefitscenter.org
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