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Is Work History Reason for Your Social Security Disability Denial?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

According to the Social Security Administration, about three in ten applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance are denied benefits for non-medical reasons. The most technical, non-medical reason for initial denial of a claim is lack of work history documentation needed for eligibility.

Your disability representative can help you avoid these paperwork errors by collecting work history data and detailing all of your previous responsibilities.
Work history is an important factor in SSDI applications, as it can make a difference in qualifying for disability based on the type of work you’ve done in your past and how it will affect eligibility for SSDI benefits. Most importantly, you must have worked long enough and recently enough to be eligible to apply for SSDI.

Recent SSA data in the Annual Statistical Report on SSDI showed that more than 700,000 technical denials were issued in 2008. The federally mandated insurance program that taxpayers and employers fund is used to provide monthly income to those who have experienced a severe disability and are unable to work for 12 months or longer, or those with a terminal condition. In 2008, 2.2 million applicants supplied information necessary to apply for SSDI. Out of those applicants, 700,000 received technical denials based on non-medical issues such as lack of documentation and insufficient work history details.
Work history documentation should include dates of employment, company details, but also all duties performed and work performed that you cannot do now, among other helpful details to help support your disability claim.

Filing for Social Security Disability, Two Ways to Speed Up Your Claim

Friday, April 15th, 2011

According to the PR Web, the Social Security Administration is facing a large case backlog, due to the struggling economy and increased numbers of new SSDI applicants. The continuing rise in claims causes delays for the agency, which may result in your personal claim taking a long time to process. It is important to handle your Social Security Disability Insurance claim with care, as it may help avoid unnecessary delays and speed up your disability benefit approval.

List down all the healthcare professionals you have seen in regards to your disability condition. List down hospital, emergency room or doctor visit dates. Secure medical records from those healthcare professionals, as your SSDI claim’s approval will be based on medical opinion’s. It is good to obtain all supporting medical evidence and submit it with your SSDI claim. A disability examiner will review the claim and supporting medical evidence in the file in order to make a decision. Sometimes disability examiners are not successful in obtaining medical records, so they make a decision based on the information collected. Do not count on the examiner to obtain all medical records for your case, be proactive and make the best case possible which will increase your chances of getting a speedy approval.

If you are not sure how to go about retrieving medical records, contact a Social Security Disability Income representative who can assist you in contacting healthcare professionals and obtaining the necessary records to support your claim.

Additionally, do not delay in responding back to all Social Security Disability letters and notices. The agency will not wait on your reply – sometimes it can be a simple question or a request for a document that can make a world of difference in your claim. Some official notices require some type of a response with time constraints. Replying quickly with requested information may mean the difference between a denied claim and an awarded SSDI claim.

Increase in Social Security Disability Benefits Applications

Monday, December 20th, 2010

The number of people signing up for Social Security Disability Benefits is rising sharply nationally. This could be a direct result of the number of people who are losing their jobs and have lost hope that finding employment in the near future is a possibility.

With the loss of income comes the loss of medical insurance, and being approved for disability benefits will take care of this problem, too.

It’s not easy to get approved for Social Security Benefits. It can often be a slow and frustrating process. It’s set up this way on purpose, according to Johnson City Lawyer Tony Seaton. The process prevents the possibility that anyone with a minor ailment apply for benefits.

In Johnson City alone, the number of people applying for Social Security Disability benefits has risen 34.5% since 2007, according to the Johnson City Office of the Social Security Administration. The number of applicants is at an all time high.

The internet also makes it easier for people to apply for Social Security Disability benefits. People only have to go to the website of the Social Security Administration and they can apply online. But that’s when the easy part of the process ends.

The medical condition will have to be verified to the satisfaction of the Social Security Disability Administration, often through extensive medical exams and most certainly through the examination of past medical records.

Attorney Seaton advises anyone thinking about applying for Social Security Disability Benefits to have their medical history records ready. Make sure they are complete and in order.