If your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits has been denied, you are not alone. In fact, the vast majority of first-time applications get rejected. The truth is that it happens all the time: people who need and deserve benefits have their applications denied on the first try.
Another fact is that the chances of approval increase dramatically when you appeal an initial denial, especially if you get help from an experienced SSD attorney. Don’t be discouraged if your application is denied. Your next step just needs to be to get help from an attorney who knows the SSD process in Texas and can help you build a strong claim for the benefits you need and deserve.
Why are so many disability claims denied?
There are many reasons for SSD claim denials. Most people who need SSD benefits are also dealing medical conditions and money troubles due to being unable to work. In other words, putting together all the materials needed for a successful disability claim can be a challenge.
Here are the most common reasons SSD applications are denied on the first try:
- Missing documentation of work history
- Missing documentation of medical condition
- Missing documentation that the disability has lasted or is expected to last a year or longer
- Filing errors on the part of the applicant
- Mistakes and miscommunication on the part of Social Security
REMEMBER: An initial denial is not the end of the road, so don’t give up hope. You can appeal the denial with the help of an experienced SSD lawyer, and your chances of approval are greatly improved on appeal. However, you have to act quickly. There are important deadlines for filing an appeal.
The reality is that a lot can go wrong in the application process. If you are dealing with a medical condition that prevents you from working, the SSD process may feel overwhelming. Keep in mind: you do not have to go through the process alone. Help is available.
To learn more, please see our overview of denied SSD benefits in Texas.