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Denied Social Security Benefits? Here is How We Can Help

At the Law Office of James F. White, we understand the complexities of the appeals process and are here to provide the legal support you need after being denied your benefits.

June 26, 2023

The Social Security Administration offers financial assistance to individuals unable to work due to disability, retirement, or other circumstances. However, applying for benefits can be complex, resulting in initial claim denials for many deserving applicants.

A denial does not mark the end of the road. You can appeal the decision and present a compelling case emphasizing your Social Security benefits eligibility.

At the Law Office of James F. White, we understand the complexities of the appeals process and are here to provide the legal support you need after being denied your benefits.

Why Are Social Security Benefits Denied?

There are several reasons why the Social Security Administration (SSA) can deny applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Some common reasons for denial include:

  • Insufficient Medical Evidence: The SSA requires applicants to provide medical records from physicians, therapists, and other healthcare professionals that prove the severity of their condition and how it impacts their ability to work. If you do not provide enough detailed medical evidence, the SSA will likely deny your claim.
  • Failure to Follow Prescribed Treatment: The SSA may deny your benefits if your medical records show you did not follow the instructions presented to you by your doctor. They expect applicants to take all reasonable steps to improve their condition before qualifying for benefits.
  • Insufficient Work Credits: You must have earned enough work credits by working and paying Social Security taxes to qualify for SSDI benefits. The SSA will deny your application if you do not have enough work credits.

Steps to Take if Your Application Is Denied

  • Reconsideration: If the Social Security Administration denies your application for benefits, they will send you a letter explaining the reasons for their decision. You can request a reconsideration, which involves having the SSA review your file again.
  • File an Appeal: If your application is still denied after reconsideration, you can proceed to file an appeal. The process involves requesting a hearing before a judge. During the hearing, you and your witnesses can testify and present evidence to prove your disability and eligibility for benefits.
  • Gather Medical Evidence: Gather and submit relevant medical evidence to support your claim. You can obtain additional medical records, test results, or opinions from healthcare professionals. Asking your doctor to complete a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) form can provide valuable insights into your limitations and how they affect your ability to work.
  • Seek Legal Representation: Consider engaging the services of a Social Security disability lawyer. At the Law Office of James F. White, P.C., we will guide you through the appeals process, gather evidence, and present a compelling case on your behalf. We will improve your chances of a successful outcome and approval of your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.

Get in Touch with a Massachusetts Social Security Attorney Today                                                         

If you have been denied your Social Security Disability benefits, do not lose hope. You can take steps to appeal this decision and have your case re-evaluated. The Law Office of James F. White will review your case and determine the best way to move forward so you can get the financial and medical support you need during this difficult time. Contact us today to discover more about how we can help.

James “Jim" White

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