Individuals who become disabled due to an illness, injury, accident, or other health condition may be entitled to Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This is a state-run and federally-funded program that provides certain benefits for individuals who become disabled and have an eligible work history. However, many disabled individuals with an extensive work history are surprised when their application comes back as denied. This happens all too often. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), the initial rate of acceptance is roughly 22% and the overall allowance rate is approximately 47%. That means 78% of all initial applications are denied and 53% of total applications are denied. Some of these denials cannot be challenged for several reasons, including failing to timely appeal. This is why individuals applying for SSDI benefits need to hire an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer in NYC like ours.
Here at O’Connor Law, we understand how important it is to file your SSDI correctly—the first time. Although there is no requirement to have legal counsel to submit a disability application, individuals who fail to hire a lawyer make up a large part of that 78% who are denied, while the 22% is largely made up of represented individuals. This is because the application process is more involved than it may appear, and individuals who are suffering from disability causing them physical and emotional pain, debilitation, and other devastating symptoms may have a particularly difficult time successfully navigating the process—as so some inexperienced lawyers. Due to these factors, individuals and their families should contact experienced Social Security Disability lawyers in NYC at O’Connor Law for help.
There are many reasons why SSDI applications are denied. The SSA lists “technical denials” for almost 240,000 applications out of the 1.6 million filed—which is an exceedingly high number, highlighting the importance of hiring legal counsel. But there are many other common causes of SSDI denials that individuals must be aware of in order to avoid these traps in their applications, including the following:
Although it may be tempting to try to file an application without a lawyer, denials to your application or appeals not filed can harm all of your future applications and chances to get approved for SSDI. It is too important to not get benefits to pay for your disability. If you or a loved one are disabled and need to apply for SSDI, call our experienced Social Security Disability lawyer in NYC at O’Connor Law for help. Call to schedule a FREE appointment by dialing (914) 595-4502 or by sending us a private message through our “Contact Us” box available here.