With about two-thirds of initial Social Security Disability (SSD) claims denied, it is natural to wonder how to get your claim approved — especially with the bulk of the appeals process taking place under the control of the Social Security Administration (SSA). As long as you meet the basic work history requirements and have a qualified disability, your chances are better than you might expect, particularly if you have the support of an experienced SSD attorney to guide you through the process.
The SSA denies initial claims for a variety of reasons, but most initial denials generally boil down to a claim failing to provide sufficient information or documentation to substantiate the disability in question. While the SSA offers do-it-yourself information in its online booklet, it also explains your right to have someone represent you throughout the process, which involves up to four levels of appeal, as follows:
The good news is that most valid Social Security Disability claims can be resolved without the need to file a lawsuit. The earlier you enlist the support of an attorney who understands how to effectively substantiate a claim, the sooner you can expect to gain approval and begin receiving the benefits you need and deserve.