Is Everyone Denied Disability the First Time?

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No, the SSA does not deny everyone the first time that they apply for disability benefits. However, about two-thirds of the claimants are denied the first time that they apply. You must have hard medical evidence and complete the application in detail to have your claim approved. A disability attorney can help you get your disability claim on the track for approval.

Initial Disability Applications Denied for Most People

About two-thirds of those who apply for disability benefits are denied the first time. There are many reasons for claims being denied. Reasons for claims to be denied are a lack of work credits so the claimant does not qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), a lack of medical evidence and supporting documentation, the claim does not meet the Blue Book listing criteria, or the claimant makes too much money to qualify for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

How Do I Avoid Being Denied the First Time I Apply For Disability Benefits?

You can do several things to help reduce your risk of having your claim being denied. Make sure you gather all the supporting evidence and documentation that your claim needs to be approved. Here are few things that can help you get your disability claim approved:

  • Gather medical evidence and supporting documentation that proves you meet the criteria of a Blue Book listing
  • Make sure you have enough work credits to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or meet the financial requirements for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Respond quickly to any requests for additional information from the Social Security Administration (SSA) because they may want additional forms or additional supporting evidence
  • Work with a disability attorney who can review your evidence and make sure you have everything ready to back up your claim

What Do I Do If I Am Denied the First Time I Apply for Benefits?

If your disability claim is denied, you can still get approved. Here are some things to do to keep your disability claim on track.

  • File an appeal or request for reconsideration, do NOT file a new claim
  • File any requests for reconsideration or other documentation in a timely manner
  • Use the reasons outlined in the denial letter to figure out why your claim was denied
  • Supply more supporting evidence, such as more medical evidence and other documentation
  • Speak with a disability attorney, who can help you get your claim on track

Get Help with Your Social Security Disability Claim

If you are applying for disability benefits, or if you have applied and your disability claim was denied, you should enlist the help of a disability lawyer who may familiar with the process and may know what kind of documentation that you need to get your claim on the right track. Complete the Free Case Evaluation Form on this page to share the details with an independent, participating disability lawyer who represents claimants in your area.

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