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Disability Denials—When to Take Legal Action

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The laws surrounding the application process for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are a complex web of strict qualifications, tight deadlines, and rigid requirements. Only a few of 60% of new Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims that receive an initial denial from the Social Security Administration (SSA) will ever bereversed on appeal or overturned. Reasons for an initial claim denial frequently include:

  • Claim Does Not Meet Criteria for Benefits
  • Significant Errors in Claim Application
  • Claim May Appear Fraudulent as Filed
  • Insufficient Medical Evidence Supports Claim

Automatic Denials

The majority of automatic denials fall into one of three categories: medical, financial, or criminal. Applicants who will be disabled for less than a year or earn too much money will not qualify. In addition, if a disability is linked to alcohol or drug abuse—or stems from a criminal conviction—the applicant is not eligible.

Firm Denials

Denials that are almost never reconsidered or reversed on appeal are known as firm denials. These include denials for applicants who:

  • Did Not Follow Treatment Directions
  • Ignored Doctor’s Orders
  • Cannot Supply Treatment Records

Filing an Appeal

The appeals process can be frustrating and complicated. While a select few appeals still succeed—primarily those with additional evidence needed or simple submission errors—the majority will not. Claimants have other means to pursue success, however, even if all avenues appear exhausted.

A legal professional with experience in the complex denial and appeal processes can act as an advisor and guide—providing support if the claimant ultimately feels legal action is justified.

We Can Help.

If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, mental illness or injury contact Daggett Shuler Law for help. An experienced Social Security Disability attorney can handle all of the paperwork and details necessary to work to secure the Disability benefits you may deserve.

If you have questions about Social Security Disability benefits, or if your claim to benefits has been denied, call Daggett Shuler at 336-724-1234. When you call, you will speak with an experienced North Carolina Social Security Disability Attorney absolutely FREE. We will investigate every detail of your situation at no cost to you and fight hard to secure the benefits you may deserve.

 Daggett Shuler Law – You Can Depend on Us

I would like to take time to thank the staff at Daggett Shuler Attorneys at Law. To Megan Youngblood for helping me get my disability started; thank you so much for everything!

Olivia Winston