When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits, the chances are good that you will be turned down. You are not alone. Approximately 70 percent of all applications are rejected during the initial phase of the process. It is anything but the final decision.
While it may be tempting to give up and look for another source of financial support, do not give up. The next step is to file an appeal.
A second chance
The denial letter will provide guidance as to the next steps in a complex and lengthy process. The correspondence will also spell out why the Social Security Administration rejected your claim.
Common reasons include:
- Not providing enough evidence that your condition prevents you from working
- Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) that reveals your current income exceeds their limits
- Failing to follow doctor’s orders when it comes to treatment plans
- Ignoring requests for additional information on your claim
Time is of the essence when it comes to filing an appeal, formally known as a request for reconsideration. In addition to new medical evidence, an essential component of the appeals process involves submitting a Residual Function Capacity (RFC). The form is filled out by your physician, who will detail your current health status and symptoms combined with who the disability affects your life. The document is particularly valuable if an applicant’s condition is not included in the Blue Book listings.
The SSDI application process is complicated. Challenges exist when dealing with a large government bureaucracy. Taking it on without an attorney’s help could significantly slow down or even sabotage the process. Legal insight can make a significant difference between an application that is approved and one that is rejected.