The laws surrounding the application process for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are a complex web of specific qualifications, harsh deadlines, and tough requirements. Only a small portion of the 60% of new Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims that receive an initial denial from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will ever be reversed on appeal or overturned.
Reasons for an initial denial of a claim frequently include:
- Claim Does Not Meet Criteria for Benefits
- Significant Errors in Claim Application
- Claim May Appear Fraudulent as Filed
- Insufficient Medical Evidence Supports Claim
A large number of automatic denials fall into one of three categories: medical, financial, or criminal. Applicants who will be disabled for less than a year or earn too much money will not qualify. Also, if a disability is linked to alcohol or drug abuse, or even is from a criminal conviction, the applicant is not eligible.
Denials that are almost never reconsidered or reversed on appeal are known as firm denials. These include denials for applicants who:
- Did not follow treatment directions
- Ignored doctor’s orders
- Cannot supply treatment records
Your work and medical history are extremely important when filing for SSD benefits. Make sure to keep a detailed record of all medical conditions, doctor visits, and medical records; this is critical.
Filing an Appeal
The appeals process can be frustrating and complicated. While a select few appeals still succeed, primarily those with the additional evidence needed or simple submission errors, the majority will not. Claimants have other means to pursue success, however, even if all avenues appear exhausted.
A legal professional with experience in the complex denial and appeal processes can act as an advisor, guide and resource, providing support if the claimant ultimately feels legal action is justified.
At Caddell Reynolds, we have a staff of attorneys dedicated to helping individuals with disabilities receive social security disability benefits. Even if your disability benefits have been denied, don’t give up. Let our experienced disability lawyers fight to get you the disability benefits you need.
We Can Help
If you are disabled and unable to work, call Caddell Reynolds for a free confidential consultation.
Caddell Reynolds can assist you with your social security disability claim in our Jonesboro, Fort Smith, Fayetteville and Rogers offices, providing you with convenient service no matter where in Arkansas you live. Give us a call today for more information.
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