Denied SSDI Claims - What to Do If Your Benefits Claim Has Been Denied

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When you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Benefits through the Government, you are likely depending on those benefits to cover your basic living expenses. When an application is denied, it’s normal to feel panicked, confused or helpless. Stop. Take a deep breath and understand these two things:

1. 2 out of 3 applications are denied

It is very common for your initial SSDI application to be denied. In fact, the majority of first-time applicants are denied. There are literally millions of people who are currently receiving benefits that were once denied.

2.We have helped thousands of people in your same position

Every day, we talk to people exactly like you. People who have struggled with the inability to work, found hope while applying for SSDI benefits only to have that hope shattered when the application is denied. We will fight for you at every step of the way and work tirelessly to get your claim approved.

Denied Claims are Very Common

While having a claim denied can feel discouraging, it’s important to understand that MOST initial applications are denied. The office staff that review applications are typically overworked and overwhelmed. Applications are routinely denied upon the appearance that they are incomplete, lacking medical evidence or improperly filled out. The Social Security Claims Administration office sees millions of applications and like most government agencies they are underfunded. Having an experienced advocate from the Clarkson Firm can help you apply for disability and can increase the likelihood that your claim is approved.

The Disability Appeals - or “Reconsideration” Process

If your initial application is denied, contact us for help. Remember valid claims are denied every day - you still have a very good chance of getting your benefits approved. The advocates at the Clarkson firm can work with you and review your application to determine why it was denied.

  • Form Filled Out Incorrectly
    This may seem like a petty reason, but the people who review your information need very little reason to deny an application. Having an experienced SSDI benefits lawyer review your form can help you avoid mistakes.
  • Form not Completed
    The application itself can feel long - there are sections that may not apply to you. However, it’s critical that the form is filled out completely. An incomplete application will be denied 100% of the time.
  • Not Enough Medical Evidence
    One very important piece of the disability application process is having the medical evidence to back up your claim. No matter how limited you might be due to your medical conditions, it won't mean much to Social Security without some solid medical evidence that supports what you are saying. During the appeal process, The Clarkson Firm will review your medical evidence and determine what can be done to make your case stronger before your hearing. This might mean looking for a different doctor who will do a better job documenting your medical impairments. We can also work with you to obtain a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form from your doctor, assuming he or she is willing to complete one on your behalf. This is a form your doctor can complete that lays out what all work-related restrictions you have due to your medical impairments. If your doctor does a good job documenting your complaints and symptoms in his or her treatment notes and then later completes a RFC form that is consistent with those treatment notes, you will have a leg up going into your disability hearing. If you have questions about medical evidence, the RFC form, or how to work with a medical provider to obtain one, we can help.