For a great number of us, when we hear the term Social Security, we think of retirement benefits. For people who suffer a debilitating injury, or an illness that prevents them from being able to return to work, disability benefits can be the one thing that keeps the lights on. Living without an earned income is difficult, Social Security Disability benefits aim to ease that burden.
Don’t Believe the Hype
There has been quite a bit of discussion lately by lawmakers regarding an overwhelming boom in disability claims. While the need for disability benefits has grown since 2,000, the approval rate has dropped precipitously over the same time period. Figures from the Social Security Administration shows that nearly 70 percent of all applications are rejected.
The number of applications for SSD has more than doubled since 1999, tapering off only a slight amount since hitting new highs in 2009-2010. Still, approval rates have plunged despite the rise in applications. In 1999, over half of the applicants were approved for disability benefits. Last year, that number plummeted to a little more than a third (33.5%).
How Do You Get Your Disability Claim Approved?
Eligibility guidelines for Social Security Disability dictate that, in order to receive disability benefits, your disability must be expected to last longer than a year and must leave you unable to perform the work you did before the injury or illness. The Social Security office will look closely at whether or not you have the ability to earn income at any job. They will also explore other occupations that may be related to your previous job. The approval or rejection of your disability claim can hinge on your capability to perform your work, not whether or not there is work available for someone with your disability.
Other Pitfalls of Disability Claims
Often times, a claim can be denied because of simply technical errors in paperwork. Applicants may neglect to include all the required information, or provide insufficient explanations of their current situation. For example, it is crucial to retain all medical documentation received from doctors, clinics, or from any healthcare provider. This helps your claim get processed more quickly, as the Social Security office has to request these documents if you don’t provide them. Their request takes time, and that time is valuable when you are waiting for disability benefits to help you stay afloat.
The Disability Process Is Complicated
Put simply, the easiest way to avoid roadblocks that may harm your Social Security Disability claim is to hire a professional attorney from Handler Henning and Rosenberg. All is not lost if your claim has already been denied, we can file an appeal on your behalf to help you get the compensation you deserve. We offer a Free Consultation about your case to get started right away, so don’t delay.
Contact the Law Offices of Handler Henning & Rosenberg, LLP for a FREE consultation at 1-800-461-4140 if you have any questions about your Pennsylvania Social Security Disability case.