A denial for Pennsylvania Social Security disability (SSD) benefits often comes as a startling blow. While it may seem very straightforward that your disabling condition renders you unable to work and pay your mounting medical bills, the Social Security Administration (SSA) can still deny your disability benefits for a variety of reasons.
While it may sound rare, individuals who apply without legal representation are denied much more often than you’d imagine. Less than 40% of individuals who apply on their own (without legal representation) are approved for disability benefits in the initial application. While legal representation can help increase your chances for approval, denials can, and still do, happen. Knowing the common causes for SSD denials in Pennsylvania may perhaps give you a better chance at being approved in the future.
Missing Medical Documentation
One of the main reasons that the SSA can deny your disability claim is missing or inaccurate medical documentation. The way that your medical providers detail your disability, and the impact it has on your ability to work, could be the difference between approval and denial of benefits.
The SSA has specific timelines and deadlines that, if missed, could cause unjust denial of your benefits. If you have been denied, there is a small window with which you can appeal. Should you miss a deadline, you could have to start the process all over again, causing you to wait longer for much-needed benefits.
Thankfully, experienced disability attorneys can help you navigate the complex application and appeal process – ensuring that sufficient evidence is submitted on time to increase your chance of winning. The Pennsylvania disability attorneys at Mednick, Mezyk & Kredo will manage your application and appeal process with compassion and confidence; allowing you to focus on your health. Call us today at 888-807-WORK (9675) for a free consultation.