When an individual applies for Social Security disability benefits, the claim must go through a rigorous approval process before assistance can be offered. The Social Security Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos and Newlin explain the first step in the process is having the claim examined at a local Social Security field office in your area.
According to the Social Security Administration, these individuals will check to ensure the claimant’s condition meets the eligibility requirements and that the claimant has worked long enough and paid enough into the system to receive benefits. If these requirements are not met or any needed information is missing, the claim will receive a Social Security Disability Denial. Roughly, 70 percent of initial claims are denied for these reasons.
Hope is not lost for a claimant though, considering there is an extensive appeals process that can be utilized. There are four different levels of the appeals process where a prior decision on a claim can be overturned. The first involves having the Social Security Administration reconsider the claim. If they decide not to overturn the decision, the claim will begin the process of entering court proceedings to settle the matter.
Court cases regarding these claims can become quite confusing and complex, though. That is why the attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos, and Newlin urge anyone who has a Social Security Disability claim that has been denied in the past discuss their legal rights and options with a qualified attorney immediately.