How to Avoid Pitfalls in the Social Security Disability Process

    If you can avoid some of the most common reasons why disability applications are denied, you can make it into the small portion of people who win benefits and get the chance to breathe a little easier.

    Millions of people receive Social Security Disability benefits when they can’t work because of health problems. But for several years running, only about 20 percent of people who apply for benefits have been getting approved right away.

    Even after going through multiple steps of appealing denials, only about 30 percent win benefits in the end.

    One reason for so many denials is that the process itself is deliberately hard. Social Security is always under pressure to watch its spending and make sure undeserving people don’t end up getting money. So they’ve created thousands of rules you must meet.

    Other common reasons why disability benefits get denied are more in your control—such as how you put your own application together.

    Talk to the Oregon Social Security Disability lawyers at Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor for help building a mistake-free disability claim. Getting monthly income assistance and access to Medicare is worth the effort.

    Our attorneys have more than 60 years of total experience at this. You don’t pay an attorney fee until you win.

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    7 Top Reasons that Social Security Disability Benefits Get Denied

    At our Oregon Social Security Disability law firm, we frequently see Social Security denying disability for these reasons:

    • Lack of strong medical evidence. You need records from doctors, clinics, hospitals and any other medical providers to make a successful claim.
    • Gaps in your medical treatment. You must show Social Security that you regularly seek health care for your conditions.
    • Medical conditions not deemed severe enough. You must prove that your health impairments are severe enough to make it nearly impossible for you to work.
    • Working too much. If you can work more than a minimal amount, Social Security may decide you don’t need benefits.
    • Having too many financial resources for SSI. One type of disability benefits, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), requires you to have little savings or other things of value.
    • Sloppy forms. You can meet the health and financial requirements for disability benefits, but if you present the information in an incomplete, incorrect or disorganized way, you stand to get denied.
    • Responding unreliably to Social Security. Throughout the process, Social Security will send you requests for more information. You need to respond promptly, politely and completely.

    Do you want to know more about whether you could qualify for Social Security Disability benefits, and how to get there?

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    Tips on Dealing with the Disability System and its High Denial Rate

    These are steps you can take to increase your chances of being approved for Social Security Disability, and deal with it if you’re denied:

    • Write down dates of doctor visits and what happened there.
    • Hold on to test results and other records from doctors.
    • Think about and list all the demands of your past jobs.
    • List all the ways that your health problems have changed your everyday life.
    • Fill out all Social Security Disability forms completely and correctly.
    • Turn in your information before the deadlines that Social Security gives.
    • If you’re denied, file an appeal right away. Appeals are when many people finally win benefits.
    • When you appeal, study the weaknesses in your first application and gather the information you need to fix the gaps.
    • Work with a Social Security Disability lawyer.

    An experienced disability lawyer may have been through this process thousands of times before.

    They will have seen all of the above reasons why disability benefits get denied, and many more. They’ll know where to find the weak spots in your disability claim.

    If you have a knowledgeable disability lawyer as your guide, all of this gets easier.

    Talk to Wells, Manning, Eitenmiller & Taylor in Oregon. When you’re facing a hard time, our mission is to see you get financial relief and more stability in your life.

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    Have a Question about Disability Benefits?

    Your health is bad. You can’t work. Your financial stability is threatened. So your head is swimming with questions. How will you get by? How does Social Security Disability work? We’ve gathered answers. See them here:

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