The inability to work, provide for your West Virginia family and pursue a successful and fulfilling career is frustrating, but you may find yourself even more discouraged to learn that your application for disability benefits did not receive approval. This is certainly a setback, but this is not the end of the road for you.
Fighting back against a denied claim can be a daunting prospect. Where do you go from here? Who can help you appeal and eventually secure the benefits you need? The road ahead is complex, and you would be wise to first secure the assistance of an attorney experienced in denied Social Security Disability (SSD) claims.
Who is eligible for disability benefits?
Not everyone who applies with the Social Security Administration for disability benefits will receive support. In fact, many first time claims come back denied. According to SSA regulations, you must meet two basic requirements to be eligible for SSD benefits:
- You must have an employment history of jobs covered by Social Security.
- You must have a condition that meets the approved definition of disability.
People who meet these two requirements can receive cash benefits on a monthly basis if they are able to prove they expect to have a disabling condition and be unable to work for a period of at least a year.
Why did they deny my claim?
It can be surprising to learn that your claim was not successful, but you are not alone in your frustration. Many applicants find themselves facing a denial, and, sadly, many assume that this is the end of their options. In order to know why your efforts were not fruitful, it can be useful to understand common reasons for denial:
- Your work history did not meet SSA standards.
- Your injury is not serious enough to prevent you from working for at least a year.
- Your application did not include certain documentation or was incomplete.
- Your application did not include the necessary medical documentation needed to validate your claim.
You may have a valid, qualifying condition, but one mistake or misinterpretation of the documentation can result in denial. With the appropriate legal assistance, you can try again by requesting reconsideration of your application or through an administrative appeal. Ultimately, you have the right to file a lawsuit to have your case heard in a federal court.
The steps you should take to fight back against a denied claim depend on the circumstances of your individual case. It may not end up in federal court, but you would be wise to know exactly how to proceed and fight for the SSD benefits you deserve.