Social security disability is complex, and there are numerous eligibility requirements. While there are social security income and social security disability benefits available for people living with a disability, the majority of those who apply for these benefits are denied.
If your initial claim has been denied, don't panic! You have the opportunity to appeal, and with the help of an attorney, you can obtain the proper benefits. With the percentage of denial so high, it's important to understand why you're being denied and have an experienced law professional outline the steps you should take to appeal your case and receive the benefits you rightfully deserve.
Here are a few reasons why your original application may have been rejected:
The SSA requires that your disability continues over one year or could result in death. However, one exception to this duration prerequisite is those who have blindness.
Essentially, this means that you are earning too much to be considered for the benefits. The SSA allows you to work, but only at a minimal level where you are not earning over the limit. The dollar amount changes frequently, but the current SGA limits for 2019 are $2,040 per month or $1,220 for the blind.
The SSA will not provide benefits to you if your drug or alcohol use is impacting your ability to work. The main question they consider is whether or not you would still be disabled if you stopped the use of drugs and alcohol.
If you are attempting to obtain benefits under false pretenses, the SSA can terminate any benefits owed to you and sue you for fraud.
Most social security disability and social security income claims must go to a hearing after being denied. Having an attorney on your side in the courtroom can significantly improve your chances of winning, as they can assist you in a variety of ways through scheduling SSA consultative examinations with your doctor to review medical records, arranging witnesses (if necessary), applying their knowledge of SSA regulations and rulings to your case, and standing before the judge on your behalf.
Experienced lawyer Joe McCarron can provide help to those seeking assistance with an appeal. Contact us today about social security disability and social security income benefits by calling 309-820-1010 or scheduling a free consultation online.