How to file for disability, Filing for SSI
Disability Requirements, Disability Status
How long is the wait?, Disability Application
The Social Security List of Impairments
Qualifying for Disability, Mental Disability
Disability Lawyer Info, Disability Back Pay

What do you if you get a disability claim denial?

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.

Essential Questions

What is the Social Security Disability SSI list of impairments?

Can you work while getting or applying for Disability?

How Often Does Social Security Approve Disability The First Time You Apply?

Tips for getting Social Security Disability or SSI benefits approved

What medical conditions will get you approved for disability?

What kind of Mental Problems Qualify for Disability?

Receiving a Disability Award Letter

Conditions Social Security will recognize as a disability

Previously answered questions regarding SSD and SSI

Applying for disability in your state

Most popular topics on SSDRC.com

Social Security Disability SSI Questions

The listings, list of disabling impairments

Can a mental illness qualify you for disability?

Disability Lawyers prevent unnecessary denials

How much Social Security Disability SSI back pay?

How to apply for disability for a child or children

Filing a Social Security Disability SSI application

Filing for disability - when to file

How to apply for disability - where to apply

Qualifications for disability benefits

How to Prove you are disabled and Win your Disability Benefits

Qualifying for Disability - The Process

How to get disability for depression

Getting disability for fibromyalgia

SSI disability for children with ADHD

What is the Application Process for Social Security Disability and SSI?

Common Mistakes to avoid after being denied for Disability

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More Social Security Disability SSI Questions

Social Security Disability SSI definitions

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These pages answer some of the most basic questions for individuals who are considering filing a claim.

Filing the application for SSD or SSI disability
Filing for disability - where to go
How to qualify for disability
Qualifying for disability
Winning disability benefits, how to win
Winning disability for a mental condition
Social Security Disability Back pay, SSD, SSI
Disability Criteria and requirements
If you apply for disability in Massachusetts
Will I qualify for disability Benefits in Massachusetts?
Getting a Disability Lawyer in Massachusetts

For the sake of clarity, SSDRC.com is not the Social Security Administration, nor is it associated or affiliated with SSA. This site is a personal, private website that is published, edited, and maintained by former caseworker and former disability claims examiner, Tim Moore, who was interviewed by the New York Times on the topic of Social Security Disability and SSI benefits in an article entitled "The Disability Mess" and also by the Los Angeles Times on the subject of political attempts to weaken the Social Security Disability system.

The goal of the site is to provide information about how Social Security Disability and SSI work, the idea being that qualified information may help claimants pursue their claims and appeals, potentially avoiding time-consuming mistakes. If you find the information on this site helpful and believe it would be helpful to others, feel free to share links to its homepage or other pages on website resource pages, blogs, or social media. Copying of this material, however, is prohibited.

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