Sep 29th, 2015

Goal: Why did my SSI application get denied?

Fred London Law 0 Comments Social Security Disability

When a person is dealing with medical issues that hinder their everyday lives and functioning, obtaining assistance to help aid them is highly critical. For an individual who is disabled, such assistance includes Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. When applying for such aid, there are applicants who get denied for various different reasons. Being rejected for benefits can be a scary thought for those who are really depending on it to survive. To avoid getting denied the first time around, seeking the services of a Disability Attorney in Washington, DC may be your best bet. If your SSI application has recently been denied, here are some possible reasons as to why that decision was made.

1. Age
While many individuals of various ages have been able to obtain SSI disability aid, age is still a deciding factor when it comes to determining whether an applicant gets denied or not. When applicants hit the 50-54-year-old age mark, Social Security does not expect these individuals to start a new career in a completely different field than what they are skilled in and acquainted with. This is due to their advanced age, which prevents them from being expected to retrain for even sedentary work. Applicants of younger ages may be seen as more capable of picking up new work skills.

2. Capability of work
When it comes to obtaining SSI benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will first determine if you are capable of completing any type of work before they give an applicant access to aid. If a person is capable of doing sedentary work, in the least, their application has a higher chance of being denied; especially if they do not have enough work experience.

3. Disability not detected
A huge reason for the SSA not being able to identify you as disabled would be because they were not provided with enough documentation for them to judge their decision off of. If the SSA does not see that an applicant meets their listing for disability, a status of denial will be offered. For this reason, the more medical records and the more paperwork detailing your sickness you send over along with your application the better.

Sep 25th, 2015

How to Find a SSD Lawyer in Washington, D.C.

Fred London Law 0 Comments Social Security Disability

Part of what it means to be a successful member of society is having a job. Earning a living wage and taking care of yourself and your family is inherently American, and most people would agree that this is the yardstick by which to measure your success in life. Unfortunately, though, for many Americans, they are unable to achieve even this modest goal. Either through physical limitations or disabilities, or old age, millions of people cannot get and maintain employment. Fortunately for them, though, the Social Security Program exists.

For anyone suffering from a disability or on the verge of retirement, Social Security is a way to ensure that your livelihood stays intact and that your needs are met. But how do you navigate the structure of this system? What if your application is denied? What requirements must be fulfilled to receive benefits? If filing for Social Security seems like a daunting task, that’s because it very well can be. Many applications, sometimes as much as 60%, are denied initially. Thankfully, though, you have options available to you.

In Washington, D.C., finding an SSD lawyer isn’t too difficult. You can search online for a listing of Social Security offices and law offices that specialize in SSDI claims. However, be sure to thoroughly research and vet these lawyers before deciding. Because of the number of applications, and the high number of appeals, many law offices can be swamped with claimants. This isn’t to say that they are not satisfactory in their services, it just means that it can be difficult to find one who will dedicate the same amount of time to your case as you will. Nonetheless, don’t be discouraged if your lawyer isn’t able to spend as much face time with you as you’d like since most of the time these processes are more about paperwork than interaction.

If you’re unsure about whether or not to work with a lawyer, just know that using legal services improves your chance of an application getting approved by as much as 30%. If you try to file a claim yourself and get denied, the appeals process can be difficult and stressful. A lawyer will know what forms you need, what evidence you need, and what your particular judge will be looking for. This can save you time and also possibly afford you more benefits than you would get if you appealed by yourself.

Sep 22nd, 2015

Why Was My Social Security Disability Application Denied?

Fred London Law 0 Comments Social Security Disability

Several factors are considered when you apply for Social Security disability. Most applications get denied because they receive an incomplete or poorly filled out application. As a government agency, they need precise information. Did your application get denied because of something you did or was there logic behind their decision?

Social Security disability is a form of income. The primary reason that these applications get denied is related to that income. Ask yourself if you make too much money. They have thresholds they must follow, and if you make one penny more than they say you can, your application will get denied. Although you are allowed to be a working member of society, your income may not exceed this threshold. If you are working or otherwise earning income above what they considered to be the “substantial gainful activity,” your application may get denied. As you look into the matter, bear in mind that the Social Security Administration only considers working income – any other type of income, including investment earnings, is not considered.

Your application may get denied if the Social Security Administration believes that your specific disability will not last over a year. They take the expected duration of your disability into consideration. Examples include bone fractures (as most will heal on their own within six months). Blind people, for instance, are exempt from this rule because once you’re blind, it doesn’t go away. Even more severe disability claims such as those involving acute trauma (think motor vehicle accidents) will get rejected if they do not believe the duration of the disability will last over a year.

What if you were to refuse to cooperate? Many people do not allow governmental entities, such as the Social Security Administration, access to records they consider private such as medical records. If the Social Security Administration cannot gain access to your records as proof of your disability, your application will get denied. It is best to be truthful and upfront from the very beginning. Cooperate with everything – this includes attending every appointment and consultative examination required so that the Social Security Administration can come to a decision about your case.

Other determining factors such as drug and alcohol addictions, criminal history and behavior, and falsifying information on your application can guarantee you a denial. You’re applying for Social Security income – money from the government – and they have very stringent requirements. If you fail a drug test or if you otherwise break one of the rules, you’re disqualifying yourself.

Simply follow the rules, and provide all the as much truthful information as you can. If you find that your claim still gets denied, contact the law firm of Fred S. London at (877) 978-3058 for an immediate, free consultation.