Unfortunately, because of the vast influx of new applications and the economic uncertainty of Social Security, over 60% of disability applications are denied at the Initial Stage. Even if you suffer from a disabling condition that prevents you from working, you will most likely be denied disability benefits when you first apply. Further, 86% of those who appeal their denials and seek Reconsideration are again denied, while 37% of those who request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) are also denied.
There are many reasons why the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies claims for disability benefits. Some of these include:
- Claimant currently working.
- Not enough medical evidence of a disabling condition.
- Claimant does not regularly treat with a physician.
- Application not completed properly.
The most effective way to find out whether you qualify for disability benefits is to seek the assistance of a qualified disability advocate/attorney. A qualified disability advocate/attorney can assess the merits of your claim and tell you whether you have a reasonable chance of obtaining benefits. In addition, disability advocates and attorneys can ensure that all documents are completed properly and that enough medical evidence of your disabling condition exists. Legal representation is not required to file a disability claim, but statistics tend to favor those who have representation. In fact, some disability law firms and advocacy groups obtain benefits for over 90% of their clients.