Obvious SSDI Case But Denied Anyway
If you’re one of the many people who need SSDI, it may seem obvious to you that you have a disability. But then you receive an SSDI denial for an obvious claim, and it can totally throw you.
We see this happen with clients all the time at our Memphis SSDI firm. The SSA has an ongoing problem with wrongly denying claims.
So here’s how this happens, what you can do to prevent it, and how we can help.
The Problem with the Application Process
When you set out to apply for SSDI, everyone gets the same common application. Unfortunately, this paperwork doesn’t offer a lot of information on how to apply. The forms don’t really guide you very well through what you should include and why.
As a result, thousands and thousands of people are denied SSDI every year over a lack of medical evidence.
In fact, the SSA even keeps a list of some conditions that should automatically qualify you, called the Blue Book. But because they don’t show you how to prove your medical condition in your forms, sometimes applicants may have these serious conditions and not know how to get the benefits that should come especially easily for them.
To prevent this, you need to include as much medical evidence as possible in your application, including:
- medical records
- doctors’ statements
- expert testimony
- test results
- and anything else that might back up your claim.
That said, most people don’t find out they’re missing information until it’s too late and they’ve already been denied. So what can you do then?
Fortunately, you have 60 days to appeal the decision, and for that you can and should work with an attorney. A good SSDI lawyer will help you figure out the holes in your application and work to strengthen your claim in the appeals process.
Sometimes the second you fix the application, it’s so obvious that you need SSDI, the SSA doesn’t even give you an appeals hearing – they just automatically approve it. This happened recently for us with a client who had severe physical and developmental disabilities.
Example from a Recent SSDI Client
We also recently had a client with colorectal cancer. With a disease this serious – especially if it’s in an advanced stage or inoperable – the SSA automatically qualifies you. In our client’s case, it was beyond obvious he needed SSDI, but he didn’t submit enough proof the first time around.
He came in to see us and get our help with his appeal, and we jumped right in.
Among other things, we had him see a doctor for their expertise, and we got their opinion in writing. This turned out to be the critical medical testimony he needed to back up his claim.
He qualified soon after. The results were life-changing, and he finally had the ability to rebuild his life.
What to Do If You’re Denied SSDI for an Obvious Claim
If you need SSDI and get denied, the best thing you can do is talk with an attorney as soon as possible.
You have 60 days to appeal, and we can help.
Our Memphis SSDI lawyers work tirelessly to get you the benefits you need, and we don’t get paid anything unless we win for you. Even then, it’s just a fraction of your past-due benefits, which means you keep the full payments moving forward.