Our Social Security Disability Attorneys Reveal Their Secrets
According to the Social Security Administration’s own data, 2,327,840 Americans submit applications for disability benefits each year. Which applications receive denial letters and which obtain approval depend on a number of factors, the majority of which pertain to how they filled out their forms. Understanding the trouble spots of applications, and where errors in them occur, can greatly reduce the chances of first-time denial and pave the way for receiving Social Security Disability benefits much sooner than expected. Grab a pencil; our SSD attorneys are spilling their secrets.
Technical Denials of Applications
A “technical” denial means there’s a glitch in the paperwork of an application or a violation of the rules for receiving SSD benefits. According to the Social Security Administration, reviewers deny 31 percent of all benefit applications for technical reasons:
- Income exceeds the “Substantial Gainful Activity” limit set by the SSA.
- Application is missing medical records.
- Failure to prove a relationship to the person the claimant is applying for (relative, spouse, power of attorney, etc.)
- No detailed information or substantial errors throughout the documentation.
- Claimant hasn’t paid into Social Security enough to qualify for benefits.
Hiring experienced SSD attorneys can greatly improve your chances of first-time application approval and eliminate all the headaches that come with trying to go it alone. Simple mistakes on your application can lead to month-long delays in securing regular disability payments. Don’t take that chance.
Less Than Half Appeal Rejections
About 48 percent of the more than 700,000, who the SSA rejects, fail to submit an appeal. The law allows up to four different levels of appeal for disability benefits, though many choose not to take advantage of their rights because they lack the right help. Even if the SSA Appeals Council refuses to hear a claimant’s case, they still have the right to appeal directly to federal court where 81 percent of those who do have a ruling in their favor. What makes the difference for these claimants? A dedicated attorney behind them.
Think you’re Too Young to Get Benefits?
There’s no age requirement for Social Security Disability. According to the Social Security Administration, the average age for Americans receiving benefits is 48 years old, well below the retirement age of 65. The age group with the largest recipients of benefits is between 55 and 59 years old. The average monthly benefit for men is about $1,200 whereas the average benefit for women is slightly lower at $1,000 per month. If you’re pain limits how you live your life and your ability to work, there’s absolutely no reason why you should not apply for disability benefits today.
Twelve percent of citizens in the United States are disabled, according to the Social Security Administration. If you’re one of them, you may have rights to compensation for your pain so you can pay your bills and continue to live as healthy a life as humanly possible. If you’d like to submit an application to the federal government for help, contact our law firm today.