Denied SSD Benefits
Are all SSD claims denied the first time?
One of the most common
myths about SSD is that everyone who files a claim for benefits is denied on the first
attempt. This is not the case, but there is a grain of truth in it. Factually,
approximately two-thirds of the 2.5 million people who apply for
SSD benefits are denied, so if this has happened to you, you are not alone. You do
not, however, have to accept the decision to deny you benefits. With the
help of an attorney from Clawson & Clawson, LLP, you may be able to
file an appeal of the decision, and by deciding to fight the case there
is a very good chance you could win.
Stages of Appeal
Some of the claims that are denied by the
Social Security Administration (SSA) are denied with good reason, but many denials are the result of simple
mistakes in the paperwork or a lack of sufficient evidence in the application.
The SSA staff is, to put it simply, overworked. They have to handle the
payment of benefits to nearly 10 million people in addition to the 2.5
million new claims every year, and they do not typically have time to
follow up on such claims. In light of this fact, the SSA provides four
levels of appeal so that you can still pursue benefits if your claim has
been wrongfully denied:
- Reconsideration, which involves requesting to have another member of the
Disability Determination Services staff review your application
- A hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, where you can present additional
evidence and make a personal plea for why you should be approved for benefits
- Bringing your claim before the Social Security Administration Appeals Council
- Taking the case to federal court
Can an attorney help with my denied SSD claim?
The appeals process can be difficult and lengthy, and it is highly advisable
to have a skilled and dedicated attorney on your side to fight for your
right to benefits safeguard your personal interests. By hiring our firm
at the beginning of your claim you can improve your chances of being approved
on the initial application, and you will also have the backup of being
able to file an appeal if necessary.