First SSD Application is Usually Denied

by mdp | October 10th, 2010

Nashville_capital_thumbMost Applications in Tennessee for SSDI Benefits are Denied:

There are people in Tennessee who need help with their bills because they are simply unable to work or to hold gainful employment for any period of time because of physical and/or mental disabilities. Those who are in this position generally have few options available other than becoming a burden on others, which no one wants to face. Therefore, many attempt to provide for themselves with a form of federal government disability insurance known as SSDI. Unfortunately, too many people tend to work towards obtaining these insurance benefits without the help of experienced Tennessee SSDI lawyers, and below you’ll see why this type of legal help can be an enormous aid towards obtaining the benefits you need.

SSDI and the Application Process

When someone needs the benefits provided by the Social Security Administration to get by on a monthly basis, they must begin the process of obtaining them by completing a lengthy and complicated application process. While the application form does not appear to be anything but simple, the fact of the matter is that working towards these benefits is an involved process that requires the offering of convincing proof that the applicant is disabled and unable to generate income on a regular basis. Unfortunately, many applicants simply complete the application quickly and hope for the best.

Approval Rate for Initial SSDI Applications is Low

As a result of the complications and the implicit need to present as strong a position as possible from the very beginning of the application process, estimates have indicated that anywhere between two-thirds and three-fourths of initial SSDI applications are denied. Fortunately, there is an opportunity to appeal this initial denial, and this appeal process generally involves a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) that works for the Social Security Administration. Those who present a strong case to the ALJ tend to stand a better chance of ultimately obtaining benefits.

If you or someone you love is in a position where a disability makes the realistic chance of generating income remote, you owe it to yourself to put your best foot forward from the outset of this process. Contact the Tennessee SSDI lawyers at Michael D. Ponce & Associates today to schedule a free initial consultation.