Social Security Disability (SSD) is a protection for people who end up disabled after doing their part to pay into the Social Security system. If you intend to apply for SSD or have and were denied, it’s important for you to know the steps to take next.
Social Security Disability claims can happen for many reasons. You might apply for SSD because of being unable to perform substantial gainful activity for 12 months or longer. Some examples of injuries or illnesses that may lead to an SSD claim include:
- Mental disorders, like depression
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Pulmonary disease caused by asbestos exposure
- Accidents resulting in injuries, like auto accidents or workplace injuries
- And many others
It’s important to take the time to put together an application that fully explains how you are affected by the injuries or diseases that you live with. Solid medical documentation, witness statements and other documents may help you make a claim that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is more likely to approve.
What should you do if you receive an SSD denial letter?
It is fairly normal for people to receive SSD denial letters. Why? These applications are tricky. Failing to fill out paperwork, not including important information or simply not having enough evidence can all lead to a denial.
Your attorney will review the SSD denial letter with you to see the reason for the denial and to work with you to appeal that decision. If you have a legitimate disability or illness that meets the qualifications for SSD, then you deserve to receive those benefits.