We are sorry that your Initial Application for Social Security Disability benefits was denied.
It should not come as a big surprise: Over 66% of Initial Applications are denied at this stage. Now you need to file a Request for Reconsideration. A lot of people give up here: of those Initial applicants denied, 52% gave up and did not file a Request for Reconsideration.
But statistics show that at the Request for Reconsideration and Hearing stages, if you fight for your benefits, you are more likely to get them.
Why Was My Initial Application Denied?
Clues about why your claim was denied can be found in the Denial letter:
You did not work enough quarters of coverage to be insured;
Your medical condition is not “severe”;
You can return to the lightest job you held in the 15 years before you applied;
There is other work in the national economy you can do based on your age, education, prior work experience and physical or mental restrictions.
Practically speaking, the real reason(s) your Initial Application was denied can be because:
Your wages were not correctly reported so you didn’t get credit for the work;
You didn’t give an accurate description of what your jobs required you to do, so the SSA misclassified the physical and mental requirements of your jobs;
You didn’t give an accurate history of your education;
You didn’t see the doctor at least twice before you applied, so the doctor’s opinion could be accepted as a treating source;
You didn’t see a doctor long enough to prove that your medical condition is severe and disabling;
You didn’t explain to your doctor at each visit your symptoms and how they impact your ability to function every day;
Your doctor did not document your symptoms, disability and work restrictions in your medical records;
Your level of pain was not documented in your medical records or the forms you filled out for Social Security;
You did not list all the medical providers you have seen because you didn’t think the medical condition was disabling;
SSA didn’t consider each of your medical conditions individually;
SSA didn’t consider the disabling effect caused by a combination of your medical conditions;
SSA decided that your credibility was at issue.
How We Can Help You Get Your Social Security Disability Benefits
It is time to call Social Security Disability Attorney Nancy L. Cavey so you can timely appeal the denial of your Initial Application by filing a Request for Reconsideration. Don’t delay! It must be filed within 60 days.
Nancy Cavey can help you through every stage of the Social Security Disability Appeals process so you get the disability benefits you deserve.