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Is an SSDI denial the end of the road?

It is incredibly common for the Social Security Administration to deny Social Security Disability benefit claims the first time. In fact, multiple denials are not uncommon because of the strict requirements the SSA sets to qualify for these benefits.

Not only do you have to ensure you meet the basic requirements but also you need to ensure you follow all the directions for submitting your application. Even a small mistake could result in a denial, and at Steppacher Law, we understand you want to ensure the SSA approves your SSDI application as soon as possible.

Basic qualifications

Before you begin your application, you need to make sure that you qualify for benefits. The SSA has a distinct and limited definition of disability. To qualify for benefits, you have to show that you have a medical condition that will prevent you from doing any type of work for at least a year.

Note that “any kind of work” means anything at all to make money. If you can sit in a chair and use a computer, the SSA will likely deny your claim and say you could find work. You will need to make sure that you get evidence to show that your condition makes it impossible for you to secure regular work.

A denial

You will likely receive a denial when you apply for SSDI even if you do everything correct in the application process, so do not worry. When you receive the denial, you have the right to appeal. It is during this process where you must provide sufficient evidence to back up your claims and disprove the reason the SSA gives for your denial.

The appeals process can be confusing. You have options on how to do it, but we recommend a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge.

To find out more about the SSDI application process and potential issues in that process, please visit our website.