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The decision to pursue a Social Security Disability claim should really come down to merit. Are you qualified to receive benefits? Do you know which benefits are right for you? The main reason not to pursue a claim is if there’s a solid chance it will be denied. A denied disability claim can lead to an appeal, which could stretch out for over a year, only to end with the same negative outcome.

Every year millions of US citizens receive monthly Social Security Disability (SSD) Insurance from the Social Security Administration. SSD benefits are given to individuals who are no longer able to join the workforce due to a mental or physical disability. Sadly, getting those SSD benefits is very challenging. Over 70% of people who apply for SSD benefits are denied. It’s in your best interest to speak with a qualified Social Security attorney to navigate the benefits system and figure out what you will qualify for.

How Does the Social Security Administration Determine If I’m Disabled?

The only way to qualify for SSD benefits is if the condition you’re suffering from is totally disabling. Are you unable to work in the same job you had before becoming disabled? That’s the first question you’ll need to be able to answer. You’ll also need to prove you are unable to perform any real activity, which means you can’t work. You will also need a doctor to submit a medical report stating your condition has lasted or is expected to last at least one year or your condition will result in death. If you meet all three of those conditions, the Social Security Administration will consider you disabled and it may be worth submitting an SSD claim.

Why Are SSD Benefits Denied?

As previously stated, over 70% of SSD benefits are denied. The Social Security Administration will not approve your benefits claim unless you can show them you meet the legal definition of “disabled”. In order to prove you are disabled, you’ll have to submit medical documentation from a doctor. That said, many people fail to submit enough evidence to prove they are legally disabled, therefore they get denied. The best thing you can do is submit as much medical evidence as possible to make sure the Social Security Administration approves your claim. This can include official diagnoses, doctor’s appointment logs, testing results, prescription history, or anything else you think might help prove your claim.

Should I Seek Legal Representation From a Social Security Lawyer?

It’s widely known that navigating a benefits claim from the Social Security Administration can be complex, to say the least. With so many claims being denied each year, it’s strongly recommended you enlist the help of a skilled Social Security lawyer. Our team at Walton Law knows what it takes to reach the best possible results for your case. Contact us at 251-455-5819 to schedule a free consultation regarding your case.