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Social Security Denied

Social Security Denied

  Sometimes the SSDI road seems too long to travel.  You might be worn down from all the unknowns.  Getting what is owed to you from your Social Security insurance benefits can seem overwhelming.  These emotions must be handled along with dealing with stresses of your own health.  I am here to help.  For instance,  last night I was on Facebook and I was messaged by someone who knew about a young man that was severely injured in a motorcycle accident about a year ago.  I spent about an hour just answering questions about the SSDI process. Its seems that this young man was not going back to work anytime soon and he has already been denied by the Social Security Administration.  I explained that there is a 60 day window to file an appeal from the date on the denial letter.  It was unclear whether the intent to appeal was actually filed within the 60 day window.  The person with whom I was messaging did not know when or even if an appeal was filed. I explained further, that over 65% of all initial claims for Social Security Disability Insurance are denied as a matter of routine.  The expectation by the SSA is that even though you are turned down on the initial application, it is expected that an appeal can prevail once it is reviewed by an Administrative Law Judge.  In my opinion the “appeal” is when the real work gets done. You see, the SSDI process has a very high bar to be awarded benefits on an initial claim.  This step is designed to allow the SSA to award benefits to the clearly disabled person and “forward” the case to an Administrative Law Judge. This first step requires a claimant to fit into guidelines that make the decision by SSA claim processors to make a “no brainer” decision about a case.  The denial does not mean your case is doomed.  The appeal is where the claimant can have his/her case reviewed by an Administrative Law Judge at a hearing office.  The hearing office is relatively close to the claimant.  Each case is different and has many facets that needs to be explained.  Doctor reports must be gathered and reviewed by the ALJ.  The federal government has created laundry list of possible disabling categories and each class of disability has over 75 conditions that must be met in able to be approved as a disabled person.  This is why you can benefit from an Attorney/Non-Attorney SSDI representative.  These professionals have had hours and hours of training on how properly present your case.  An attorney will understand your medical condition in legal terms.  A good attorney will know when a claim is medically unclear.  Many times Doctors need to write down specific disabling conditions such as inability to twist at the torso, or cant lift more than 15 lbs.  The attorney will often ask the doctor to discuss these limitations so it can go into the record.  This is why you may not want to go it alone on your dealings with the SSA.  You need smart people on your side when presenting a case because there are many smart people on their side looking to find fault with your claim.  If your initial claim has been denied, I can get an appeal filed almost immediately.  I hope this young man that was injured and unable to work will get some professional help for his claim. 355498bd-cad3-45c4-aba4-68c80525bc5b