Denied Social Security Disability? (Why you shouldn’t panic)

Injuries and disabilities can mean that you are unable to work. In turn, this can mean that you are unable to pay your bills or provide for your family. This realisation that you are in a potentially serious financial situation can be a stressful time, especially if your injury or disability means that you are unlikely to return to your duties any time soon. 

One way forward is to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD). However, many people who apply for SSD have their applications turned down – speak to a South Carolina SSD lawyer if you have been affected. But is there anything you can do? Understanding your situation is a start…

How many claims are turned down?

If you have suffered the indignity of having your rightful claim turned down, you may not know it yet, but you are joining the ranks of the majority of applicants – one report suggests that around 65% of first time applicants are denied. Many applications are turned down for being deemed false claims or where the claimant has made a mistake and is claiming under inaccurate information – with such a high number of rejections, mistakes do sometimes get made regarding applications that should have been approved. 

An overview of how to prepare your application

The takeaway knowledge from the above information showing that that a high number of claimants are rejected at an early stage is that factually inaccurate claims are frequently turned away – you must ensure that your claim is robust.

Reasons that your application may be rejected:

  • The application form is judged to be incomplete in some way 
  • The application forms have not been filled-out in the appropriate manner 
  • The claim is not backed up by the necessary medical evidence required to prove the applicant is not able to work

Fight the decision

If you have applied for Social Security Disability (SSD) and if you have had your application turned down, not many people are aware that there is scope for you to fight against the decision. Built into the setup of applying for SSD is a reconsideration and appeals process, meaning that where an incorrect decision has been taken, you are able to highlight the flaw in the decision and gain access to what you are rightfully owed. 

In order to increase your chances of your application being accepted, you must set out to understand the reasons for the rejection in the first place. If, for example, your medical history was deemed to have been unsuitable to fulfil the tick-box requirements of the claims procedure.  you may only need to supply further information in order for your claim to be accepted at the second time of asking. You could have also misunderstood a section on the forms, or supplied data and information in such a way that was deemed to have rendered your claim as false. Again, these are issues that you can strive to understand and rectify as a means of your amended second application being accepted. 

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