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What do you if you get a disability claim denial?
How to prove you are disabled
and win disability benefits
When social security issues a decision on a claim (and this could be at the disability application level, reconsideration appeal level, or disability hearing level), a notice is sent to the claimant informing them of the decision. The decision letter will make vague reference as to why the claim was denied; but, it really won't explain in any reasonable amount of detail exactly why the person was given a denial.
As a former disability examiner, I can vouch for the relative uselessness of trying to extract any meaning from a notice of denial. These letters are basically boilerplate template letters that, for the most part, all look the same.
In nearly all cases, when a claimant receives a notice of denial on a claim, it is simply because the social security administration has reviewed the claimant's medical records and failed to find evidence of their inability to work due to one or more disabling conditions.
This, of course, happens more than seventy percent of the time when a disability application is reviewed, and the percentage for denial goes up even more sharply for individuals who are submitting requests for reconsideration (the first appeal level is the reconsideration).
What evidence will the social security administration need in order to approve a disability claim? The evidence must do the following:
1. It must show that the claimant has at least one severe impairment.
2. It must show that the impairment is limiting enough that the claimant cannot be expected to do their past work.
3. It must show that the impairment is limiting enough that the claimant could not be expected to find some type of other work that would provide for a substantial and gainful income.
4. The claimant's condition must be this disabling for a period no shorter than a year.
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SSD and SSI are Federal Programs
The title II Social Security Disability and title 16 SSI Disability programs operate under federal guidelines and, therefore, the program requirements--medical and non-medical--apply to all states:
Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Recent approval and denial statistics for various states can be viewed here:
Social Security Disability, SSI Approval and Denial Statistics by state
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