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Why a Disability Claim Can be Denied

Every year, millions of people apply for the social security disability program.

This program aims to provide financial support to individuals who have become injured or fallen ill in a way that prevents them from being able to work regularly. There are many individual requirements that must be fulfilled for people to get access to this program, but on average, only a quarter of the people applying will get their claims approved initially.

Today, we will discuss different common reasons why an application may get denied.

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Medical Evidence Was Lacking

The major requirement for the disability program accepting an application is that a person must be unable to work due to their disability. If anyone is unable to prove this through medical evidence, then chances are the application will not be approved.

Proving the illness or injury is interfering with your ability to perform work can be backed up by doctor’s testimonies and medical reports. You will need to specifically get your doctor to document the way in which your disability is preventing you from being able to work. The reports from your primary care physician are often the most important when determining if your application goes through.

Failure Cooperating with the System

Regardless of how much your disability does affect your life, you must prove it on the terms of the social security system. This means that you must cooperate with their process. This can mean showing up to the required medical examinations, following all prescribed treatments for your disability, and following through with submitting all requested documents. Being proactive and staying in touch with the handler of your case can be a good idea. This helps you keep track of what needs to be submitted and when.

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Previous Records

When faced with appealing a denied application or simply filing a new one, many people think they will be better off doing the latter. This is not always the smartest thing to do, as previous denials factor into your current application and will most likely disqualify the new application as well. Appealing the previous decision is the way to go.

Having a disability lawyer represent you will give you a better chance at success. Lisa Douglas is an experienced social security lawyer in little rock who can review your application and help create your case. Contact her for a consultation on your social security disability application.

Disclaimer: Information in this article is provided for general informational purposes. It may not reflect current laws in your region or state. It isn’t intended to substitute legal counsel.

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