The Social Security Administration (SSA) is supposed to pay workers back when they retire or are prevented from working because of an injury. After all, the SSA takes money out of every U.S. worker’s paychecks for their entire working lives.
In order to minimize fraudulent claims, the SSA has adopted a rigorous review process for approving claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. That rigorous process keeps the system honest, but it also means that some people slip through the cracks and are denied the benefits they deserve.
If your SSD benefits claim was rejected, you may be wondering why and what your options are. At Ponce Law, our Nashville Social Security Disability lawyers know the SSA’s process inside and out, and we know that claims are denied for three common reasons:
- There isn’t sufficient evidence of your injury or treatments. The most important aspect of an SSD benefits claim is proving the injury is real. If the SSA believes your injury never happened due to lack of medical and treatment records, they may have denied your claim.
- The SSA believes your disability will improve or resolve. SSD benefits are only available to workers whose injuries will prevent them from returning to their jobs for at least one year. Claims are often denied if the SSA believes the disability is minor or temporary and will last for less than 365 days.
- You didn’t follow all the SSA’s requests. The SSA has strict requirements for SSD benefits applicants. If your paperwork was missing, incomplete, or inaccurate, or if you didn’t attend medical examinations when asked, your chances of receiving benefits may have been jeopardized.
Because there can be a lot of red tape and potential pitfalls when filing an SSD benefits claim or appeal, it’s important to have an experienced legal team on your side that knows how the SSA processes and approves claims. Contact us today for a free consultation.