Rochester Attorney Handles the Denial of Social Security Disability Benefits
SSDI and SSI lawyer explains common reasons for claim denials
At Donald R. Bleier Attorney at Law, I've seen many Social Security Disability benefit claims denied, for a variety of reasons. Many times, claims are denied because the application insufficiently documented the impairment and its effects. What seems to be behind the increase in denials is, simply, the federal government trying to save money. Unfortunately, that leaves many severely impaired people without the benefits to which they are entitled. Working with an experienced Social Security attorney gives you a better chance to avoid common mistakes and present a more convincing case for your disability benefits.
Denials due to failure to meet the program requirements
Many times, people apply for Social Security benefits without understanding the eligibility requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). SSDI applications are often rejected because :
- The applicants earn too much money
- They don't have sufficient work history
- Their disability is not considered severe
- Their disability is not likely to last longer than 12 months or result in death
For the SSI program, the chief reason for denial is that the applicant makes too much money to qualify or that their payment would be reduced to zero due to their earnings.
Denials due to failure to follow the program's rules
At Donald R. Bleier Attorney at Law, I know that claims are often denied because applicants don't understand the Social Security system or its rules. If you don't have a permanent address, you're going to have difficulty communicating with the Social Security Administration about your application, which all applicants are required to do. Working with a skilled attorney removes that burden and eliminates it as a common reason for denial.
Additionally, if you're receiving benefits through Social Security Disability programs, you're expected to cooperate and follow prescribed therapy. Failing to do so may jeopardize your ability to receive benefits. There are, however, acceptable medical and nonmedical reasons for not following therapy. They include:
- An inability to pay for therapy, medication or treatment
- An inability to follow the therapy plan because of a physical or mental handicap
- Religious beliefs that go against the type of medical treatment prescribed
Finally, you can be disqualified from receiving benefits if you're addicted to drugs or alcohol, have been convicted of certain crimes or have committed fraud, which may lead to prosecution. If you believe your benefits have been wrongfully terminated, I can assist you in appealing the decision.
Let us help you avoid common mistakes in applying for Social Security benefits
Current and former clients of Donald R. Bleier Attorney at Law often remark that I've made them feel valued when larger, more impersonal firms dismissed or ignored them because of their injury. For your free phone consultation, please call my Rochester office at 585-454-2190 or contact me online. I provide parking adjacent to my office for your convenience.