Many of you may be wondering why, after paying Social Security taxes since you were 16 years old, you are being denied your request for benefits. Usually, there are three common reasons you were denied. The top three reasons people are denied benefits are they don’t have medical evidence supporting their limitations, the individual is able to do some type of work, or most importantly, they don’t understand the rules and requirements of the program.
Lack of medical treatment
This is generally the number one reason people are denied Social Security disability benefits. The Social Security disability program requires medical proof that you suffer a severe condition that affects your ability to work. If you have not sought treatment from a doctor for your condition there is no evidence that you really suffer from this condition, other than your word. And frankly, Social Security will not rely on your word when determining eligibility.
You are able to work
The second reason people are denied benefits is while they do suffer a medical condition that affects their ability to do the work they have done in the past, it does not limit them from performing all work in the national economy. The Social Security program is a 5 step process. Steps 4 and 5 looks at whether you are able to perform your past work in spite of your limitations and whether there are other jobs out there which you could perform with your current limitations.
Lack of knowledge about the Social Security program
The third major reason individuals are denied disability benefits is they don’t understand the program. This program may seem pretty simple but I promise you it is not. It is very complex with a number of rules and regulations that go into making a decision. Applying for benefits without seeking help from an attorney is like walking through the forest in the middle of the night. You are bound to be cut and bruised along the journey. And that’s if you don’t run into a tree that blocks your path altogether.
The best thing you can do when filing for Social Security disability benefits is to consult an experienced Social Security attorney. At the LaBovick Law Group, we provide a free initial consultation. Meaning, we will talk with you about your situation and explain whether you meet the requirements of the program. Because there is no initial fee it would be unwise of you not to seek help from someone who is experienced. Especially since receiving these benefits affect your financial stability in the long run. If you are thinking about applying for disability benefits please call me at (561) 623-3681. I promise to shed some light on your path to receiving disability benefits