Disability Benefits Processes

Need Help With Your Application?

Our Disability Team Can Help

The Social Security Administration only approves about a third of of initial applications for disability benefits. The application process can lengthy, bureaucratic, and difficult to complete by yourself.

As part of your application, you have to meet certain criteria set by the Social Security Administration. Your disability must be considered “severe” and impair your ability to work.

Our disability attorneys can help you build a strong case and get the monthly cash benefits that you are owed.

Have Questions?

Want a free consultation? Call our toll-free number below to speak to our disability team.

Se Habla Español. Si tiene preguntas sobre beneficios de seguro por incapacidad, llame al 833-MY-DISABILITY o envíenos un correo electrónico a info@ndallc.com.

Top Reasons A Disability Claim May Be Denied

1. Nature of Your Disability

The Social Security Administration may deny your claim if they determine that your disability is not severe enough to impair your ability to work.

Additionally, you may be denied if the Social Security Administration determines that your condition will improve enough within a year that you could potentially go back to work.

We can help you avoid a denial by gathering the right medical evidence for your claim. Be sure to continue consistent treatment for your condition. We can confirm that the medical evidence is properly submitted and builds support for your case.

2. Work, Income or Assets

If you are applying for Social Security Disability Insurance or Supplemental Security Income, you may be denied if the Administration determines that you are able to engage in “substantial gainful activity.”

Substantial gainful activity” is SSA’s term for an economic rate that the government considers to be full-time work. If you make more than those amounts, your application for monthly cash benefits may be denied.

If you are applying for SSI, which is needs-based, there are additional rules about your financial resources and assets. If you have above a certain limit, the Social Security Administration may deny your claim.

3. Errors in Your Application

There are hundreds of questions to answer (or miss), and many chances for you to miss an inconveniently timed call or appointment. As a result, you may unwittingly submit an incomplete application.

Certain disabilities can make it difficult to remember to follow prescribed treatment or keep appointments. However, the Social Security Administration may deny your claim if they determine that you refused or failed to follow medical treatment from a doctor.

The Social Security Administration may also deny your claim if there was a piece of medical evidence you didn’t realize you needed to send.

Our disability team can help you determine what documents you need to submit to support your claim.

4. Lack of Help During The Process

The disability application process can be confusing, especially for someone with a disability. Many people do not ask for much needed help until their applications for disability benefits are rejected.

We can help you build your case. Hiring our disability team to help with your initial application will increase your chances of getting monthly benefits. If your claim was rejected, we can help you prove that you meet the disability criteria and get you the benefits you’re owed.

The Social Security Administration places time limits on submitting your initial application. If you were denied, you have a limited amount of time to submit an appeal. Don’t wait. Contact our disability team to get your free evaluation today.

When Your Initial Application Is Denied: How We Can Help You

Appealing A Denial For Your Disability Benefits

The Four Stages of Appeal

Most people who file for disability benefits have their initial applications denied. Initial applications can be denied due to your income, assets, nature of your disability, or honest mistakes on your application.

This denial can mean the loss of time and highly needed income. If you have been denied, our disability team can help you appeal the decision.

The appeals process occurs in four levels, any of which can result in the denial of your claim. Once you receive your notice of denial, you typically have 60 days to appeal the denial.

The four stages of the appeals process are as follows:

1. Reconsideration – This is the first stage of the appeals process. Your claim will be reviewed by those who had no part in the initial decision. As part of the appeal process, you can submit new evidence to support your disability claim. If your claim is denied at this stage, you can apply for a medical or non-medical hearing. Need to appeal for reconsideration? Contact us today.

2. Hearing – This step comes after an unfavorable outcome of the reconsideration stage. An administrative law judge will conduct this hearing. The judge will have had no part in the previous decisions made on your claim. At this stage, your benefits request may be approved, partially approved, dismissed or denied. If you were given an unfavorable outcome, you may request a review by the Appeals Council. Need to request a hearing? Contact us today.

3. Review by Appeals Council – If you request a review from the Appeals Council, then the council can deny your request, approve your request, or send your case back for a second hearing with an administrative law judge. At this stage, the council will determine if there were mistakes made in previous decisions. If you receive an unfavorable outcome, you may have your case reviewed by the federal court.

4. Federal Court Review – This is the last stage of the appeals process. Previous stages of appeal are administrative in nature. However, at this stage, you are engaging in a civil lawsuit with the federal court.

Claimants with disability representatives have better outcomes than those without any help. .

Our disability team can help you at every step.

Find Out If You Qualify

If you are unable or no longer able to work due to a disability, you should get
the benefits that you need. Get a free case review today.

Complete our form below or call us at 833-MY-DISABILITY .