Jonathan H. Poznansky, Attorney at Law

Did your disability claim come back denied? You have options

If you are unable to work due to a physical injury or medical condition, you know much this can affect the financial health of your New York family. After all, if you cannot work, how can you earn the money you need to pay for your medical care or simply make ends meet? Not only would it be helpful for you to get Social Security benefits, it may be a necessity.

After you complete the initial paperwork, you may think this is all you have to do. However, many first-time claims come back denied. This can be devastating for you, but this may be just a temporary setback. While it may feel like the end of the road, there are still options available. There are steps you can take to continue your pursuit of the support you need and deserve.

What's next for you?

After a denied claim, you can seek a reconsideration of your claim or appeal the denial. However, the first step is to determine exactly why your claim came back denied. The Social Security Administration holds to a strict definition of disability, and even with a valid disability and complete paperwork, case reviewers may deny your claim. Some of the most common reasons the SSA does this include:

  • It is possible your disabling medical condition related to drug or alcohol use in some way.
  • Your medical condition has affected you for a period of less than one year, or it is not clear that it will impact your life long-term.
  • There is no evidence that you followed the doctor's orders regarding your medical condition.
  • Your income is too high to qualify for disability support.
  • You did not include enough medical documentation and evidence in your claim.

When you move forward with the next step, you may need to include additional documentation and other evidence that can help with your claim. If a reconsideration of your claim is not successful, you can still move forward with an appeal.

Minimize complications

The disability claims process can be complex and confusing, but you do not have to navigate it alone. You may find it beneficial to work with an experienced Social Security disability attorney from the very beginning of your effort to secure the disability benefits you need. It order to understand what to expect from your claim and how to avoid unnecessary setbacks, you may want to reach out for legal guidance as soon as possible.

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