It can feel like a slap in the face when your application for Social Security benefits is denied. You have worked hard and paid into the system your entire life, and now that you are unable to work and need the benefits you have been promised, you have been turned down. How can that be?
At Marcus Vaden Law, we help people who have been denied the disability benefits they need and deserve. You may be hesitant to talk to a lawyer about this, but are you prepared to handle an appeal and hearing on your own? Save yourself the frustration by letting us take care of the next steps when your initial application for benefits has been rejected.
Reasons Initial Applications Are Denied
If your initial application was denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA), you are not alone. As many as 70% of first-time applications are denied, and over 85% of appeals are rejected at the first level. The odds are clearly stacked against you throughout this process.
Most initial applications are denied for the following reasons:
- You don’t meet the basic non-medical requirements. To be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you must have paid into the system over years of work and earned a certain number of work credits. If you are still working despite your disability and earning more than the substantial gainful activity limit, you will also be considered ineligible.
- Your medical condition is not severe enough or will not last long enough. The SSA has a list of approved medical conditions and the severity required to qualify for disability benefits. If your condition is not on the list, you must be able to show that it is as severe and one of the listed conditions. If you are expected to recover from the condition in less than a year, you will be denied.
- You lack medical evidence. Your application must be accompanied by medical records—including doctor’s notes, test results, and current treatment plans—that prove that you have the condition, that it is severe enough to limit your ability to work, and that you have tried to get better.
- Incomplete or erroneous applications. Believe it or not, many people fail to present a complete, error-free application. Simple mistakes can be enough reason for the SSA to reject your claim.
If your initial application was denied, you might still be able to apply for reconsideration, but we don’t suggest doing that without first speaking to a Social Security disability attorney.
How the Marcus Vaden Law Firm Can Help
We understand that you are struggling. You are used to working hard to provide for your family, and the fact that you can no longer do that is devastating. We want your appeal to be successful.
When you call us, we will take the following steps to help you:
- Evaluate your claim. We will ask you for information about your work history, illness or injury, medical history, how much you have paid into Social Security, etc., to determine whether you are eligible to file an appeal. We will not waste your time or give you false hope. If we can help you, we will.
- Gather information. If we determine that you are eligible, we will accumulate all the necessary information from your doctors, employers, and other experts and send it to the SSA.
- Request a hearing. The wait for a hearing may be as long as a year, but once your hearing date arrives, we will represent you before the administrative law judge and present the strongest case possible to get your initial rejection overturned.
Attorney Marcus Vaden has been a criminal prosecutor for almost 30 years. He brings his skill in the courtroom to every disability hearing he attends, presenting clear and convincing arguments to the judge.
Trust Us to Get You the Benefits You Deserve
If you were denied the disability benefits you rightfully deserve, we will do what it takes to win on appeal. Disability attorneys’ legal fees are set by the SSA, so there is no reason to comparison shop based on cost. If you want an experienced disability law firm with proven courtroom experience in Arkansas, look no further than the Marcus Vaden Law Firm. Fill out our contact form or call our Conway office today!