Disabled individuals often find it hard to apply for benefits from Social Security, given its stringent application process entailing numerous requirements. While it’s not surprising that majority of claims are denied during the initial phase of the application process, having your claim denied is a blow nonetheless.
Instead of focusing on the reasons why you deserve to receive disability benefits, think about why your claim is denied in the first place. By knowing where your claim went wrong, you can take the time to address these mistakes and have a higher chance of having your claim approved during your appeal.
Ask any Social Security disability attorney, and they will outline the most common mistakes applicants make on their claims.
The disability won’t last long enough
The Social Security Administration defines disability as a severe impairment that’s expected to last for at least 12 months, or until a person’s death. This time period requirement is waived for blind SSI applicants.
This requirement differs from case to case. Individuals who suffered bone fractures from a motorcycle accident, for instance, might have their disability claims denied due to the fact that fractures tend to heal in less than a year. It’s possible, however, for an applicant to have his claim approved if he can show that his fracture hasn’t been healed after six months. In this case, the SSA will then decide that his impairment would definitely last a year.
The claim lacks medical evidence
Surprisingly, a large number of SSD and SSI applicants fail to provide complete and accurate information on their medical conditions and their treatment. An applicant must indicate all known sources of medical treatment, including the names of physicians providing treatment, the addresses of medical providers, and the dates of treatment.
Apart from a list of treatment providers, it’s also imperative that an applicant ensures the quality of their medical records. The quality of a medical record often depends on the personal physician, but applicants can mediate by maintaining regular visits to a doctor and detailing any functional limitations caused by the condition. This would then allow the applicant’s doctor to create a substantial and detailed record on their condition.
Applying for disability benefits is understandably difficult, as the process is designed to deter some individuals from fraudulently receiving benefits. This does not mean, however, that you should be discouraged from gaining the benefits you rightly deserve. Work with a social security disability lawyer, like those from the Goldin Law Firm, and have a better chance of getting your claim approved.
Social Security Disability: 8 Reasons You May Be Denied Benefits, Nolo.com
9 Common Reasons Social Security Disability Claims Are Denied, DisabilityGuide.com