Why Your SSD Claim May Have Been Denied
Posted on behalf of Phillips Disability, P.C. on Jun 15, 2015 in Appeals
Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a long and challenging process, and one that often ends in denial.
If you have been denied benefits by the Social Security Administration (SSA), call Phillips Disability at 1-800-503-2000 for help understanding your denial and for guidance through the appeals process. With years of experience representing disabled Americans, our team of skilled Social Security disability benefits attorneys in Phoenix can help you appeal your disability claim and get the support you need.
According to the SSA, roughly 57 percent of applicants are approved for SSD on their first try. Everyone else must go through the appeals process.
This step can complicate an already confusing process, so it is helpful to understand some common reasons that claims are often denied. You'll want to avoid making same mistakes.
Common Reasons SSD Claims are Denied
- The SSA cannot get in touch with the applicant. In order to determine your eligibility for SSD the SSA will need to be able to contact you with further questions, and in some cases to set up an exam with an SSA-approved physician. Your claim has the potential to be denied if the SSA cant get a hold of you.
- The applicant is younger than 50 years old. Although there is no minimum age to qualify for benefits, oftentimes the SSA believes that people under the age of 50 are capable of finding some type of work. However, it is still possible to receive benefits if you are under this age, but it will require significant medical evidence to support your claim.
- Lack of cooperation. If you have denied the SSA's request for additional information, like medical records or a consultative exam, you are putting yourself at a significant risk for being denied. Without further information, the organization cannot adequately determine your level of disability.
- Lack of medical evidence. Complete medical evidence documenting the debilitating qualities of your situation is one of the most important factors in determining your eligibility for SSD. If your application lacks sufficient evidence, you claim may be denied.
Understanding these common mistakes can help you build a stronger claim that can withstand the scrutiny of the SSA. However, if you claim is denied, you should contact an SSD benefits lawyer for guidance through the appeals process.
Our skilled team of social security disability attorneys in Phoenix are very familiar with the process and can help your chances for receiving SSD approval.