Why Your Social Security Disability Application Was Denied

July 19, 2016

The Social Security Administration is notorious for denying applications for disability benefits. Applying in the first place can be difficult, complicated, and confusing. If your application is denied, you may be frustrated and bewildered, especially when you have a legitimate claim. Unfortunately, appealing a claim can be just as complicated, if not more so, than filing in the first place.

Common reasons SSA denies disability claims

The Social Security Disability SSI Resource Center says, “While it is true that it is difficult to win social security disability benefits, the fact is that many applicants are not approved for disability benefits for two primary reasons: 1) they do not have sufficient medical documentation to back up their claim; and 2) they do not take full advantage of the appeals process if their initial application is denied.”

Lack of medical documentation might seem easy to fix, but if you’re applying for disability benefits, money is likely tight and doctor’s visits are expensive. You can try to establish a medical history by taking advantage of free clinics or even emergency room visits. The more information you have at your disposal, the more likely it is that your claim will be approved.

You CAN appeal

Denial of disability benefits doesn’t mean that you will never receive them; it just means that you will have to put in more work to document your injuries or illness and follow the complex appeals process. You can appeal more than once, but if the information contained in your appeal is the same as the information in your application, the appeal will probably also be denied. The more times you appeal, the greater your chances of success.

However, you can cut through the confusion and endless rounds of appeals by seeking expert legal counsel. The experienced Philadelphia Social Security Disability lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates can help you get the information you need to successfully apply for benefits. If your application has been denied, we can help you navigate the complicated appeals process. Contact us today or call 888.PITT.LAW; we serve clients in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.