Why do I keep getting denied for disability?

I will list a page that addresses this question, but I will go ahead and state that it always comes down to the strength of the medical evidence. The medical evidence must show that a person's case meets the SSA defined definition of disability. Meaning that they must have enough limitations such that they cannot do their past work or any other type of work at a level that earns them a substantial and gainful income.

However, some individuals who get denied repeatedly simply do not follow the appeal process and that lowers their chances of approval. These are the individuals who keep filing new claims instead of appeals.

Also, individuals who go to hearings by themselves, without a lawyer or a disability representative, also weaken their chances of being approved. That is because at a hearing no one will give a claimant a crash course on how to properly prepare for a hearing or represent their claim, or on how to understand the basics of how disability claim decisions are made, or even understand the concepts and terms. Representation at a hearing is especially important when a vocational expert is present since the VE offering testimony should be cross-examined.

About the Author: Tim Moore is a former Social Security Disability Examiner in North Carolina, has been interviewed by the NY Times and the LA Times on the disability system, and is an Accredited Disability Representative (ADR) in North Carolina. For assistance on a disability application or Appeal in NC, click here.

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