Most applicants who file a claim for disability benefits are denied because the Social Security Administration (SSA) makes the presumption that there is some type of job for which they qualify and, thus, able to perform as employment. This negative “approach” by the SSA toward benefit approval must be overcome by each and every applicant for benefits based on a disability.
Thus, the road is, unfortunately, often long and arduous to receiving approval for disability benefits. It requires claimants to not only possess the fortitude to endure the complex, extended application process, but perseverance and determination to endure and survive any setbacks they encounter to continue the journey onward to benefit approval. These are qualities that a seasoned and knowledgeable attorney may provide to anyone who must travel on this unique road. Applicants must be persistent to receive disability benefits. An experienced attorney may provide an invaluable, additional element of persistence in the fight for benefit approval.
Because the majority of claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are denied at the first level, most SSD and SSI applicants will find it necessary to appeal their claim multiple times, often to the level where a hearing occurs. Therefore, it certainly cannot decrease an applicant’s chances of receiving approval for benefits to learn about how the Social Security system operates at each stage of the application process. This is an additional reason why having the assistance of legal counsel ensures that an application has the best chance of receiving the determination to which the applicant is entitled.
Social Security primarily establishes eligibility for disability benefits under a listed impairment or medical condition with potentially disabling conditions listed in the Bluebook, a manual for evaluating medical conditions using guidelines pre-established by the SSA. If no impairment is established under the listings, Social Security then examines the effect of an impairment on the applicant’s capacity to perform daily activities and function in the workplace.
Once an applicant’s remaining capabilities are determined, if the SSA determines there is no work that an applicant may be expected to perform based on his or her age, education, and skills, Social Security will grant eligibility for disability benefits based on a “medical-vocational allowance.”
If an application for social security benefits has been denied, and you’re confused and frustrated because you don’t know why. Mike Sullivan understands. After all, disability law is the sole focus of his practice. Take advantage of the legal services offered by the Sullivan Law Office to assist in sorting through the extensive requirements that determine eligibility for disability benefits. The Sullivan Law Office provides assistance in ensuring that all applicants and recipients receive all of the benefits to which they are entitled in all types of disability cases. Contact the Sullivan Law Office today by calling 888-587-0228 or visiting us online! We offer free consultations, so you have absolutely nothing to lose! We look forward to hearing from you.