Social Security Disability Definitions
Social Security Disability and SSI Overview
The Requirements for Disability
Social Security Disability and SSI Applications
Tips and Advice for Disability Claims
How long does Disability take?
Common Mistakes after Receiving a Disability Denial
Disability Denials and Filing Appeals
Social Security Mental Disability Benefits
Disability Benefits offered through Social Security
Benefits through SSI disability
Disability Benefits for Children
Disability Qualifications and How to Qualify
Social Security Disability and Working
Winning your Disability Benefits
Social Security Back Pay and the disability award notice
Disability Lawyers and Hiring an Attorney
Social Security Disability SSI List of Conditions
What is considered a Disabling condition by Social Security?
Social Security Disability SSI and Medical Evidence
Filing for Disability Benefits
Eligibility for Disability Benefits
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Getting Denied for Disability Benefits
Most Social Security disability, or SSDI, claims are denied because an individual was not found medically disabled under the Social Security disability guidelines.
Social Security Disability Denied — The Reasons Why (medical denials)
While it is true that it is difficult to win social security disability benefits, the fact is that many applicants are not approved for disability benefits for two primary reasons: 1) they do not have sufficient medical documentation to back up their claim; and 2) they do not take full advantage of the appeals process if their initial application is denied.
What if you Receive a Disability Denial from Social Security?
Historically, the average rate of denial at the initial claim level is approximately 70 percent. Requests for reconsideration (this is the first appeal) which are also handled by DDS examiners are denied at an even higher rate--more than 80 percent.
Social Security Notice of Denial for a Disability Application or Appeal
Sometimes, through a mailing error or because a claimant has relocated without letting the local Social Security office know, the claimant does not receive the denial for several weeks, if ever.
What does a Disability Denial Letter from Social Security say?
The letter will typically begin by stating you are not disabled according to the rules of Social Security Disability and SSI. Following this statement will be a listing of the medical treatment sources that were used to make the decision, a listing of the conditions for which your claim was evaluated (e.g. depression, degenerative disc disease), and the following.
Does Social Security turn down every disability case the first time?
In actuality, there is no set number of times that a social security disability or SSI claim has to be denied for an allowance (i.e. an approval) to be granted, nor is every disability claim automatically turned down the first time.
What Happens if a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim gets Denied on a Reconsideration Appeal?
If the case was denied at the reconsideration appeal level, the disability lawyer will submit the second appeal that is available to claimants, a request for hearing before an administrative law judge. This appeal will, as was the case with the reconsideration, be sent to the social security office that has jurisdiction over the case. However, instead of being forwarded by the social security office to DDS, it will be sent to ODAR. ODAR stands for office of disability adjudication and review, although it is commonly referred to as simply "the hearing office."
Will Social Security deny my disability claim if I am working?
Social Security disability guidelines do not preclude all work activity. If you are working but not performing SGA, your disability claim may very well result in an approval for disability benefits.
Social Security Denial - What should be done if your disability is denied?
If you receive notification of a social security denial, you should do the following. 1. Contact the local social security office where you initially filed your claim to request an appeal. 2. If you representation, meaning a disability representative who can be either a disability lawyer or a non-attorney representative, contact that individual. 3. Make sure that your appeal is submitted before the deadline.4. Follow up on the appeal.
Will You Be Denied For Disability If Your Records Indicate You Can Return To Work?
There is no reason to just assume that an individual’s disability claim will be denied just because there is a mention that they can return to work in their records. Each disability case is evaluated upon its medical evidence.
What Are The Reasons For Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied?
Most claims are denied because an SSA adjudicator--a disability adjudicator or a judge--will decide that the person can still do some type of other work, even if they can no longer do their past work.
How Many Times Will Social Security Disability Deny You before You Get Approved for Disability?
I cannot count the number of times claimants asked or halfway told me they thought their disability claim would be summarily denied at the initial disability claim level for no other reason except that “they heard all initial disability claims were denied and that it took two or three more to be approved”.
If you are denied for disability, is this based on your ability to do your past work?
The evaluation of Past work is a significant part of the decision process used by the social security administration for determining SSDI (social security disability insurance) and SSI (supplemental security income) disability claims.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.
Filing for disability - How to file for SSD or SSI and the Information that is needed by Social Security
How to Apply for Disability - What medical conditions can you apply and qualify for?
Applying for Disability - How long does it take to get Social Security Disability or SSI benefits?
What happens if I file a disability application and it is denied by a disability examiner or Judge?
How to Prove you are disabled and qualify to win disability benefits
How do you prove your disability case if you have a mental condition or impairment?
Social Security Disability Back pay and How Long it Takes to Qualify for it and receive it
Social Security Disability SSI - Eligibility Requirements and Qualifications Criteria