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Decoding Social Security Disability Denials

Published on September 6th, 2023

Explaining Your Key Hurdles and Strategies for Success

Applying for Social Security disability benefits is crucial to obtaining financial support when a disability prevents you from working. However, it’s disheartening that many initial claims – approximately 65% – are denied yearly, leaving applicants uncertain about their cash flow and financial future.

In this article, we’ll explore the top reasons behind the denial of Social Security disability claims and reveal effective strategies to overcome these hurdles, ensuring you have the best chance of securing the benefits you rightfully deserve.

Common Reasons for Denial

Some of the more common reasons for the denial of initial applications include the following.

  • Insufficient Medical Evidence: A primary factor leading to denials is a lack of comprehensive, well-documented medical records. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires thorough records that explicitly establish the severity and limitations of your medical condition.
  • Failure to Meet Listing Criteria: The SSA maintains its Blue Book containing a comprehensive list of impairments known as the “Listing of Impairments.” If your medical condition does not meet the specific criteria outlined in this list, your claim could be denied.
  • Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) Assessment: The SSA evaluates your residual functional capacity to gauge your ability to engage in work-related activities. Your claim might be denied if the assessment indicates that you can perform any form of work.
  • Earning Substantial Income: If you’re earning a significant income or engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA), the SSA might determine you are not eligible for disability benefits.
  • Non-Compliance with Treatment: Failure to adhere to prescribed medical treatments can result in a denial. The SSA might believe that your condition could improve with proper compliance.

How to deal with a denial of your application for Social Security disability benefits

Strategies to Overcome Denials

Your strategies for dealing with a denial of your application for disability benefits should include the following.

  • Thorough Medical Evidence: Work closely with your medical providers to ensure all relevant medical evidence is collected and documented. Comprehensive records will leave no room for doubt regarding the severity of your condition.
  • Experienced Legal Assistance: Consult with trained Social Security disability attorneys like those at Miller Disability Law. Our understanding of the complex regulations and criteria and the legal advice we can provide can significantly enhance your chances of approval.
  • Appeals Process: If your claim is denied, keep hope. Our attorneys can guide you through the appeals process, all the way to the federal courts, if necessary, ensuring your case is strongly presented during the reconsideration or hearing stages.

In other words, in Social Security disability claim denials are not the end. Let Miller Disability Law be your partner in pursuing the benefits that are rightfully yours.

Why Choose Miller Disability Law

At Miller Disability Law, we specialize in turning denials into approvals. Our dedicated team understands the frustration and uncertainty you’re experiencing. We’re not just attorneys but your advocates, armed with the knowledge and expertise needed to tackle even the toughest cases.

The Ways We Can Assist You

These are among the many ways our law firm can assist you in securing your Social Security disability benefits despite an initial denial.

  • Comprehensive Case Assessment: Our personalized consultations delve deep into your case, uncovering the precise reasons for denial. We leave no stone unturned, ensuring a thorough understanding of your unique situation.
  • Expert Legal Strategy: Navigating the complexities of the appeals process requires legal prowess. Our experienced attorneys craft tailored arguments that address your specific circumstances, maximizing your chances of success.
  • Guidance Through Appeals: Denied claims are not the end of the road. With Miller Disability Law by your side, you can confidently navigate the appeals process. Whether it’s the reconsideration or hearing stage, we present your case powerfully.
  • Unwavering Support: We’re not just here for the legalities but for you. We understand the emotional toll denials can take. That’s why our team provides unwavering support, keeping you informed and empowered throughout the journey.

Taking Your Next Step with Miller Disability Law

Don’t let a denial deter you from the benefits you rightfully deserve. Take action today by partnering with Miller Disability Law. Our commitment to your case goes beyond words – we’re dedicated to securing the financial support you need and deserve.

Contact us for a free consultation if you’re in the greater Knoxville area. Let’s work together to overturn your denial and pave the way to a brighter, more secure future. Remember, at Miller Disability Law, setbacks are simply opportunities for a comeback. Your benefits are within reach – let’s make them a reality.

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