Denied Social Security Disability Appeal?
Why Was My Social Security Disability Claim Denied?
Did Social Security Deny Your Claim for Disability Benefits?
If so, the most important thing you should know is that you shouldn’t give up!
It’s incredibly frustrating when you can’t work due to your physical or mental condition and your claim for disability benefits is denied. Appealing a denial can be a long and time-consuming process, but winning your denied Social Security disability appeal is possible. However, you only have 60 days to appeal from the time you receive your denial letter. If you were denied your Social Security disability appeal, call Social Security disability attorney, Merryl Jones, in Waco/Temple to appeal.
When denied a Social Security disability appeal, it doesn’t mean your case is over. Our Social Security appeals lawyer, Merryl Jones, knows the process. She’ll file an appeal to an Administrative Law Judge on your behalf.
If an Administrative Law Judge denies your claim, we can appeal to the Appeals Council. Even if the Appeals Council denies your claim, it’s possible to appeal your case in Federal Court.
Contact our office today to discuss your denied Social Security Disability appeal. We’re just a call away.
Why Was My Social Security Disability Claim Denied?
If you’re unable to work due to a mental or physical disability, you need support while you’re recovering – so it can be frustrating and scary to have your Social Security disability claim denied. However, don’t lose hope! What many people don’t realize is that the majority of Social Security disability claims are denied on the first try. It’s entirely possible to still get the benefits you deserve through the Social Security disability appeals process.
Merryl Jones – Second Chance Lawyer is your Texas expert on the Social Security disability system. We specialize in helping people just like you fight through the bureaucracy and get the benefits you need.
The Requirements for Social Security Disability Benefits
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a program specifically designed to help people who’ve become unable to work, through no fault of their own. In general, the requirements are that:
- You must be unable to work due to either physical or mental disability.
- Your disability is expected to last at least a year or be terminal.
- You must have been lawfully employed for at least five of the last ten years.
- You must have paid income taxes on the pay from that employment.
This seems straightforward, but there are a lot of little reasons a disability claim may be denied.
The Most Common Reasons SSDI Claims Are Denied
When you get back your rejection letter from the Social Security Administration, it should list the reason for the rejection. However, this isn’t always the case, or the reason may be too vague to fully understand. This is when you need a Social Security disability appeals lawyer to help you work through the system!
Some of the rejection reasons are more common than most. The ones we see most often include:
1. Failure to comply with the process
In other words, there was a paperwork error. The paperwork is dense, and even a single mistake in filling out forms can result in a claim denial. It’s always best to have professional help in filling out your claim forms, to improve your chances of being approved.
2. Lack of medical evidence
This is another big one. Your claim to be disabled and unable to work must be backed up by documentation and a diagnosis from a qualified medical professional. Often applicants fail to include enough supporting evidence, leading to a denied claim. Your SSDI appeals lawyer can help obtain documentation from your doctors, and see it properly filed.
3. Failure to follow medical treatment advice
You must also be able to provide documentation or other evidence that you’ve been following the advice of the doctors treating you. SSDI claims will be denied if it appears the person isn’t attempting to heal themselves properly.
4. High income
There are income limits for receiving SSDI benefits, although the specifics depend on several factors. An experienced Social Security disability appeals lawyer may be able to help you overcome this situation.
5. Too many prior denials
You cannot appeal SSDI denials indefinitely. That’s why, if you’ve been denied on your first attempt, it’s so important to have an experienced lawyer on your side for the appeals process. You’ve only got a couple more chances before you’re locked out.
Merryl Jones – Second Chance Lawyer Will Fight for You
Merryl Jones – Second Chance Lawyer has an exceptional track record of helping Texans receive the SSDI benefits they deserve! Our office has worked with thousands of deserving Central Texans, and 98% of our clients have either received their benefits or are still working through the system.
This is no guarantee of success in any particular case, but Merryl Jones – Second Chance Lawyer will bring every possible legal advantage to your side of the fight. Our extensive history and success record makes Merryl Jones your best chance at receiving your SSDI benefits.
If you were denied and have a Social Security hearing scheduled…
If you’ve received a hearing date from Social Security, it’s very important to be prepared. At this point, you should consider hiring a social security disability appeals attorney.
Second Chance Lawyer – Merryl Jones will use her knowledge and experience to:
- understand your impairments
- analyze your Social Security file
- prepare your case
- obtain important evidence such as medical records
- prepare your testimony
- make helpful legal arguments before and during the hearing
- question witnesses
- cross-examine any medical and/or vocational experts who testify at your hearing
- file appeals in a timely manner (if necessary)
- represent you at each stage of your claim
Don’t risk attending your Social Security hearing alone. Second Chance Laywer – Merryl Jones will meet with you before the day of your hearing to help prepare you for your hearing. The Social Security Administration’s statistics show your chances of winning increase if you’re represented and prepared by an attorney.
How much does appealing a Social Security denial cost?
If you don’t win, you pay no legal fees in a Social Security Disability case. The most you’ll ever be charged is 25% of your past due benefits. Let Merryl Jones help you with your case.