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Social Security Disability Denial

Have You Been Denied SSD Benefits?

Denials in the Social Security Disability (SSD) process are common. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that denial rates for first-time benefit applications are more than 80%. Strict requirements, an increasingly tightened and selective Social Security Administration, and numerous procedures cause a large percentage of these denials and often serve to intimidate or overwhelm those looking to navigate this complex process.

If you or a family member has recently been denied SSD benefits or are looking to file a claim, working with our firm’s Social Security Disability lawyers can help you strengthen your application or appeal and greatly reduce your risk of being denied. There are numerous reasons why an applicant may be denied SSD benefits. According to the SSA, most applications are denied for the following reasons:

  • Medical reasons (insufficient medical evidence)
  • Insufficient work credit history or work evidence
  • Unfamiliarity with SSD process and procedures

As the SSA is notoriously strict about the information applicants must provide, even the smallest errors and the slightest departures from procedures can result in denials. With the assistance of an experienced and diligent Maryland Social Security Disability lawyer from our firm, you can ensure that you have the help needed to address and eliminate these errors during your application or appeal.

Medical Reasons

In order to be eligible for SSD benefits, you must have a legitimate and documented medical condition, physical impairment, or mental disorder. These impairments must prevent you from working for at least one year and must prevent you from finding any type of new employment. Typically, most applicants fail to provide substantial evidence supporting their impairment and how it limits their ability to work.

In order to prevent these types of medical-related errors from occurring, our attorneys can assist you in collecting and compiling all of the necessary information, including detailed lists of health providers, dates of office visits, official medical records and accurate information about the care and treatment you’ve received. We also have extensive professional connections and resources that can be utilized to help you obtain the medical documentation you need.

Work Credit History

All SSD benefit recipients must also demonstrate that they have a consistent work history and that they paid taxes with their work wages. Far too many applicants fail to provide the necessary tax and income information, which can cause the SSA to assume that they lack a sufficient work credit history. Our legal team can assist you in gathering the necessary information and in presenting your work history clearly and convincingly.

The SSD Process

When it comes down to the SSD process itself, there is simply no escaping the fact that it can be highly complex, confusing and rife with technical information. There are also strict requirements, dates, deadlines and piles of paperwork that must be completed. At times when applicants may be grappling with physical and/or mental limitations, financial insolvency and emotional distress, navigating through the maze of bureaucratic red tape can be immensely difficult, if not nearly impossible. With so much riding on the approval of your claim or denial, working with proven attorneys from Peter Angelos Law can ensure that you have the strongest chance for success.

Learn More About SSD Denials And How Our Firm Can Help

At Peter Angelos Law, our Maryland Social Security Disability attorneys have spent years guiding clients through the SSD application and appeals process. With substantial insight into the procedural requirements and the ways in which the SSA processes applications and appeals, our firm can provide you with the assistance and support you need to swiftly resolve your SSD matter.

If you would like answers to your questions and concerns and more information about how we can help you, contact our firm at 410-216-0009 or fill out a free online case evaluation form.