Were You Denied SSD Benefits?
Our Dallas SSD Lawyers Can Fight for Your Rights
If you have been denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits, you
have 60 days to contest the decision. Contact a Dallas SSD lawyer at once
for help in filing an
appeal. Many times a claim is denied because of mistakes made on the application
or insufficient medical documentation. A qualified disability attorney
can review your case and help fight for your rights to benefits.
If you've worked in the past, made payments into the Social Security
program, and your illness or injury is considered a disability under Social
Security Administration (SSA) guidelines, The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC
can provide the competent legal support when filing an SSD claim or appealing
a denial. We are experienced in all aspects of SSA procedures and can
pursue your benefits.
Circumstances That Can Lead to the Initial Rejection
Your income is too high.
One common reason for a denial is that an applicant's income is simply
too high. There is an upper limit for the amount of monthly income a person
can earn from substantial gainful activity (SGA), the SSD's term for
money earned from one's employment. The upper limit for SGA is readjusted
annually and varies significantly depending on a person's disability.
For SSI benefits, the upper limit for monthly income from work and other
means is $1500. The SSI payment can be reduced whenever an applicant's
income is more than $740-$800.
Your disability does not last long enough to warrant benefits.
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits under SSA regulations,
your affliction must:
- Affect you for 12 months or more
- Be terminal
Many injuries that lead people to apply for SSD do not necessarily pass
this litmus test.
The SSA is unable to locate you.
The SSA needs to have an available line of communication with someone who
applies for benefits. If they are unable to get in contact with an applicant,
the claim may be denied. This underscores the need to provide accurate
contact information on your forms.
You do not cooperate with SSA requests.
The SSA will likely deny your claim if you do not offer medical records
and other information from medical professionals to verify your disability.
If you do not attend mandated appointments or hearings, the SSA may deny
You do not listen to your doctors.
If you are currently in treatment with a doctor who has prescribed a certain
course of action for your condition and do not follow such recommendations,
your claim can potentially be denied. There are several excusable non-medical
and medical exemptions for not following a doctor's orders, which
a knowledgeable SSD lawyer can explain in further detail.
Addiction causes your disability.
If addiction to a drug or alcohol is a major factor in your disability,
the SSA will deny your claim.
You have a criminal record.
Those who have been convicted of a crime or imprisoned may have their claim
denied. If you are in prison on a felony charge, your disability arose
from committing a crime, or you are imprisoned and injured, your claim
will likely be denied.
You are guilty of fraud.
If you fraudulently obtain SSD benefits, your benefits will stop and the
SSA will pursue charges.
Contact a Dallas Social Security Disability attorney
from our firm if you have been denied Social Security disability benefits
to discuss your case and how to file an appeal.