When Your Social Security Disability Benefits Are Denied


A percentage of your check is used to pay taxes, and a portion of these taxes is used for your Social Security benefits. The SSA provides permanent disability benefits to qualifying applicants so if you can’t work because of permanent disability, you may receive disability benefits from the Social Security Administration.

Millions of Americans apply every year hoping their applications are instantly approved and they can receive benefits within months. But that’s not always the case. The SSA denies about 70% of these applications. If your application for disability has been denied, hire an experienced Los Angeles social security disability attorney.

The appeal process

After receiving a notice of denial from the Social Security Administration, many applicants quit pursuing their legal rights while others may re-apply. Both choices aren’t wise. Re-applying is not the solution as this process can be very slow and the application may be denied again. Also, only 30% of the applicants are actually approved during the initial stage of the application process. So what can you do if you find yourself in a situation like this?

The best course of action is to seek out legal help from a Los Angeles social security disability lawyer who understands how the appeal process works. An attorney can increase your chances of receiving these benefits. While it is true legal help can be costly, it will pay off in the long run. Your chances of winning a disability case will increase by 60% if you hire an attorney. It all depends on some specific factors such as your condition, new evidence, and medical visits not included in the system.

You have 60 days to appeal the denial of your benefits, therefore, you should hire an attorney as soon as possible. There is no way to know how long the process will take. All cases are different so it might take longer than the processing time the Social Security office suggests (90-120 days).

Always appeal

Unfortunately, many denied disability claims are never appealed. Applicants lose hope or wait too long to appeal. When a claimant fails to apply within the 60-day deadline or files a brand new claim, he or she may lose the right to appeal. It is during the initial application process that the applicant has a chance of winning the case with the help of an experienced attorney.

Reasons an application is denied

Sometimes there isn’t enough information to support your claim, especially in the medical records. Applicants must specify the sources of medical treatment as well as medical providers, doctors, etc. This information is crucial if you want to win your case. Yet there are many claimants that fail to provide convincing treatment information. Also, medical records must be as detailed as possible. Doctors should take note of the patient’s condition and their inability to complete some tasks. Your doctor can fill out an RFC or residual functional capacity form with details about your functional abilities.

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