If your Social Security Disability Claim is denied the best course of action is to Appeal.
Don’t be discouraged if your SSDI claim is denied, most applications are refused at the initial filing.
The important thing is to know what to do NOW.
The Social Security Administration denies most claims the first time they are filed. Many people believe it is SSA policy to deny all initial claims. Fortunately, that is a myth. However, it is a fact that as many as 75% of initial applications are denied. If your application is denied, it is important to keep in mind that the best approach is not to simply re-apply. If you do that, the same people and the same system that reviewed your application the first time will deny it for the same reasons. The best course of action is to appeal.
There are many common reasons why initial claims are denied.
Lack of sufficient medical records, inconsistencies between the medical record and the application, and missed deadlines are among the most common reasons claims are denied. One of the biggest reasons claims are denied is that the relation between the injury and functional ability is absent in the medical record. The medical record may show complaints of pain, but without any evaluation on how that pain affects job performance- can the patient still walk, stand, lift weight, etc… that information does little to bolster a claim. If you are applying for disability, you should keep this in mind when you go to your doctor to be evaluated.
If you are appealing your case, it is advisable to hire professional representation.
A professional representative will have experience handling these matters. A judge is looking for evidence that meets certain criteria; there are strict rules about what exactly you need to prove in order for your claim to be successful. An attorney will know what needs to be said and what to emphasize in order to present your case in the most favorable light. It will benefit any applicant to study the law as much as they can and understand the complexities of the determination process. However, you are typically better off having a professional present your claim.
Applying for disability is a difficult process that requires patience and persistence.
Social Security applicants frequently face long delays and unfavorable decisions. In general it takes around 90 days from the day you apply until you know if you have been approved. It can take a year or longer if you have to appeal; fortunately, it is likely you will be awarded back pay for that time period.
If your claim has been denied, don’t give up!
Most Social Security claims are denied the first time. Contact the attorneys at Bemis, Roach and Reed for a free consultation. With our firm’s help, you can present you appeal and hopefully we will be able to win you the benefits you deserve. If we are unable to win benefits, there will no charge to you. The attorneys at Bemis, Roach and Reed have the experience and knowledge needed to help get your claim approved.
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