Denied SSD claims
When a disabled citizen receives notice that the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied his or her Social Security Disability (SSD) claim, the future can seem hopeless. Many disabled citizens ride the line between what the SSA defines as disabled and what their medical conditions are. Others make too much monthly income to qualify, yet not enough to uphold a standard of living. If the SSA has denied your SSD claim, there is hope for a future appeal.
Why Does the SSA Deny SSD Claims?
There a few reasons the SSA will deny an applicant’s SSD claim. The first reason is if the applicant does not suffer from any of the medical conditions on the SSA’s official list of qualifying conditions. It includes disorders affecting the following areas:
- Musculoskeletal system
- Cardiovascular system
- Immune system
- Digestive system
- Respiratory system
- Hematological issues
- Congenital issues
- Neurological issues
- Endocrine issues
- Mental issues
When you access the SSA’s database online, you can find the full list of qualifying disabilities and the provisions of each condition. The SSA will grant anyone with a disability on their list immediate SSD benefits for life or until the condition improves. If an applicant’s disability is not on the list, the SSA will often deny the first claim. However, it will rethink the denial if the applicant appeals the decision.
The SSA may also deny claims if the applicant makes more than the maximum amount of monthly income from job-related payment. This amount varies state by state, but it generally stays around $1,000 per month. This amount does not include any benefit payments—only income the applicant earns from a job. If an applicant makes more than the maximum amount, the SSA will deny the claim on a technicality.
What Can I Do if the SSA Denies My SSD Claim?
If you have applied for SSD benefits and faced denial, you have options. You should always appeal the SSA’s decision on the understanding that it denies nearly every applicant’s first try. Appeal by sending the SSA what’s known as a “reconsideration” along with your medical history and/or income statements to prove you deserve benefits. Enlist the help of an SSD lawyer to collect the proper documentation and appeal your denial.
If the SSA denies your reconsideration appeal, you can take your appeal to a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). The judge will investigate your case, including new evidence you and your lawyer provide. You will have the opportunity to provide an expert medical witness to vouch for your disability. If the ALJ denies your appeal at this state, you can take your case to the appeals council and the federal court.
Hiring an SSD lawyer will make the difficult appeal process much easier. You need to understand what the SSA and judges look for to have the best chance of receiving benefits and/or insurance. An SSD appeal can take months to complete, but it will be worth it if the SSA grants you benefits.
What to Do if You Think You Are Eligible for Benefits
If you firmly believe you are eligible for benefits but are facing an SSD denial from the SSA, contact Ted Smith Law Group, PLLC, for experienced advice as to how to proceed with an appeal. Our lawyers understand federal and state laws surrounding SSD and can tell you what your best options are moving forward. We will be with you every step of the way through an appeal and will do everything in our power to prove your disability to the judges involved.
Our SSD lawyers can help those whom the SSA denies for eligibility by filing the correct appeal documents and more. When seeking SSD benefits is overwhelming, trust us to lift the burden from your shoulders.