Many people are frustrated when their application for Social Security disability benefits is denied. Whether you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, the process is difficult. Your application is more likely to be denied than approved. Knowing why claims are denied will help you avoid some common errors applicants make. Having our Fayetteville, AR disability lawyers help you through the process will further increase your chances of success.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies benefit claims from simple omissions on the application documents to insufficient medical evidence. Even in a case where you have a qualifying medical condition, you still must demonstrate to the SSA that you are eligible to receive disability benefits. The burden of proof rests solely on the applicant.
Our law office has helped people apply for benefits and appeal denials for decades. While it is impossible to guarantee that your claim will be approved, our team of attorneys and staff will work meticulously to ensure your application is complete as possible. If you filed a claim that was denied, our experienced Rogers disability lawyers can help. Call (479) 316-0438 to review your case.
Some Common Reasons Your Benefits Claim Could be Denied
There are many reasons why your benefits application could be denied. Sometimes it is simply because of an error in the application or a missed deadline. Below is a list of some common reasons the Social Security Administration will deny a benefits claim.
Income and Resources
In addition to your medical condition, there are income requirements that could derail your application. If you could participate in substantial gainful activity (SGA), you will not be eligible for either SSDI or SSI. In 2021, the monthly SGA for an individual is $1,310. If you are applying for SSI, the SSA will consider your resources and assets, including those who live with you.
Medical Evidence and Documentation
The key component in providing you have a qualifying impairment is your medical evidence and documentation. You will have to prove to Social Security that you cannot work because of your medical condition.
Your medical evidence must show that your disability has significantly interfered with your ability to perform the physical or mental tasks required for your job. For instance, if you cannot stand for extended periods because of a back injury, your medical evidence must document your diagnosed condition and detail how your condition’s symptoms impact your physical capabilities. You need your doctor to document how your condition impacts your ability to perform ordinary tasks. Without this evidence, your claim will likely be denied.
Your treating physician plays a vital role in piecing together your medical evidence. A written statement explaining his diagnosis, treatment, and the effects of your condition could be compelling evidence that the SSA will weigh heavily. This is why it is important to speak with your doctor, so it is understood what type of information you need. Our Arkansas disability lawyers will work to ensure you have the best possible medical evidence available. Some examples of persuasive evidence include doctor’s notes excusing you from your work duties or suggesting a significant change in your work routine.
Residual Functional Capacity
The Social Security Administration will assess whether you are able to perform the task associate with your job or if you could find other employment. Residual functional capacity measures your capacity to work. If the SSA determines that your RFC allows you to participate in substantial gainful activity, your claim will be denied.
Length of Your Medical Condition
To qualify for disability benefits, your medical impairment must last at least twelve months or be expected to end in your death. While you are not required to wait twelve months to apply for benefits, if you fail to demonstrate that your condition is expected to last at least twelve months, your claim will be denied.
On average, 65% of all initial disability claims are denied. While you have the option to appeal a denial, many claimants feel compelled to file another application. However, if the SSA denied your original claim, a case specialist will likely deny your new claim simply because your previous one was denied. It is important to have our Arkansas disability lawyers working with you through the appeals process, especially if you need to file an appeal.
How Our Experienced Social Security Disability Attorney Can Help You
Applying for Social Security benefits is overwhelming. In addition to the medical evidence you need to gather, there are procedural deadlines you must meet. Failing to adhere to all the various rules and requirements will result in a denial– even if you have a qualifying disability.
Our Bella Vista disability lawyers could help you through the application or appeals process, ensuring that everything is being done correctly. While this does not guarantee that your claim will be approved, you could be confident that no common mistakes were made while you increase your chances of getting the benefits you need.
Our office knows what type of information and documentation the SSA is looking for in your initial application. If your claim was denied, our office understands the appeals process and knows how to strengthen your case through additional medical documentation and evidence. Your benefits are too important to leave to chance.
Arkansas Social Security Disability Attorneys Prepared to Help You File for Benefits
Your Social Security benefits are too important to rely on chance. Having our knowledgeable Springdale disability lawyers handling your case will ensure your application will comply with the Social Security Administration’s rules and regulations and that your evidence will be as compelling as possible. To set up a free consultation to review your claim, call (479) 316-0438.