In order to start receiving Social Security Disability benefits, the Social Security Administration or a judge must first approve your claim. Unfortunately, mistakes are often made during this process.
Data indicates that more than 60 percent of claims receive initial Social Security Disability denials. In many of those cases though, the decisions are overturned with successful appeals.
On the other hand, you may have to defend your rights to Social Security Disability payments if it’s ever determined you’re no longer disabled or should’ve never been considered disabled in the first place. A new report is showing the latter may be more prevalent than previously believed. It questions how thousands of claims received approval without “a well-supported rationale.”
An article from The Wall Street Journal explains that judges wrongly awarded benefits in an estimated 24,900 cases, costing taxpayers an estimated $2 billion. Similar claims have been made in the past. Judges responded to the claims by saying the mistakes were the result of large caseloads, which prevented them from closely examining each case.
These instances highlight why it’s so important to have a legal representative by your side throughout the disability claims process. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our Social Security Disability lawyers can not only help you with the filing of a claim, but they can also assist you if you’re denied benefits. Call (800) 477-7315 to discuss your case with a member of our legal team today.