Social Security Disability exists to help Americans who are disabled and can no longer work. It is an extension of the Social Security Act of 1935 that designates funds be put aside for those who can no longer work due to an injury or disability. However, getting benefits can be difficult. In fact, two-thirds of all initial applications are denied, leaving many Americans wondering how they’ll make ends meet.
So why are so many people denied? Here are 3 main reasons:
- The definition of disability—The Social Security Act defines disability strictly. According to SSA.gov, a person is disabled if “he or she can’t work due to a severe medical condition that has lasted, or is expected to last, at least one year or result in death.” In addition, that person must not be able to do work they’ve done before or adjust to other types of work. In other words, if your disability keeps you from doing any job, you may qualify for benefits.
- Increased number of applicants—Over the past couple decades, the number of people applying for disability has skyrocketed. This creates stricter requirements and longer processing times for applications, thus leading to more denials.
- Complicated process—If you’ve applied for benefits, you know just how complicated and complex the application process can be. If you miss one step or deadline, you’re more than likely going to face a denial, and the appeal process can be just as complicated. That’s why it’s important that you have an experienced advocate on your side to make sure nothing falls through the cracks.
If you’ve been denied Social Security Disability benefits, don’t try to go it alone. Call our experienced Nashville Social Security Disability lawyers today for a free evaluation. We’ll do everything within our power to get you the benefits you deserve.