Denied Social Security Disability Claims Are Common – We Can Help
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), you are disabled if you can provide medical proof that you cannot work for a period of at least 12 months. To obtain Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you must show medical proof.
The Social Security Administration is a huge government bureaucracy with thousands of employees who are looking at disability claims very similar to yours. The rules and guidelines are strict, but proving total disability begins with five simple questions:
- Are you currently working?
- Are you suffering from a severe medical condition?
- Does your condition meet or equal one or more of those in the list of disabling conditions?
- Can you do the work that you previously performed?
- Are you able to perform any other type of work?
It would be nice to think that your claim will be approved or denied based on the answers to those questions, but the reality is a little more complicated. The simple wording of your answer may be enough to have your claim denied even though yours is, in fact, a valid claim. For example, if you answer that you’re able to sit or stand, but can sit for only half an hour and can stand for only five minutes, your valid claim may be denied.
At Cullen Legal, we help individuals who have had SSD claims denied. We appeal the decisions and represent our clients at administrative hearings before a judge. Although past performance is not an indication of future success, we have been able to help many individuals obtain SSD benefits. At Cullen Legal, our Bucks County SSD appeals lawyer offers:
- An understanding of the process and of the intent behind the SSA’s questions
- An attention to detail so that your appeal is not thrown out on a technicality
- The ability to phrase answers properly so that your case is presented favorably
- Representation during the administration hearing
Most people who file a Social Security Disability claim themselves are denied, not because they are not hurt, but because the process is complex and the forms very specific. This is one reason why it is so critical to work with an experienced attorney like Robert Cullen.