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What You Should Know About Appealing a Denied SSD Claim

Posted by B. Patrick Agnew | Jun 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies many, if not most, first-time claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Research suggests the following factors are responsible for many of these denials: Insufficient medical evidence to substantiate a claim Disability is not severe enough to last one year The claimant is able The post What You Should Know About Appealing a Denied SSD Claim appeared first on Agnew & Rosenberger Virginia Law Firm.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies many, if not most, first-time claims for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Research suggests the following factors are responsible for many of these denials:

  • Insufficient medical evidence to substantiate a claim
  • Disability is not severe enough to last one year
  • The claimant is able to continue working while injured
  • The claimant refused proper medical treatment

It's easy to feel defeated after a denied claim. However, you don't have to give up; you can appeal your claim with additional information and evidence in your favor.

How to Challenge a Denied Claim for Disability

In many cases, new evidence is the best way to appeal your denied claim. In your appeal, you can include new medical evidence or other facts showing that your injury is substantial enough to merit disability funds.

Common forms of medical evidence include:

  • Prescribed Treatments
  • Clinical Findings
  • Laboratory Results
  • Medical Diagnosis

In your appeal, it is important to include a statement from your doctor indicating you cannot work. According to the SSA, your condition is only a “disability” if it impedes your capacity to perform work duties. This might include sitting, standing, walking, or carry heavy objects.

If you sustained a mental disability, your doctor should mention any impairment of your ability to remember, comprehend, or perform tasks with instructions.

How many times can I appeal my claim?

After your first appeal, you can file again through three different levels of appeal. The second appeal (an administrative Law Judge hearing) has a higher approval rate than the first two levels. If you were denied SSDI or SSI, speak with a Virginia social security disability lawyer from Agnew & Rosenberger, PLLC today.

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About the Author

B. Patrick Agnew

B. Patrick Agnew was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and Bedford County. He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and studied philosophy and government. Patrick received his law degree from the Regent University School of Law.

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