Why you shouldn’t give up after a first SSD denial

Apr 14, 2022 | Social Security Disability

Most people who file for Social Security Disability benefits do not get approved their first time. As many as 70% of applicants for SSI and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), get turned down the first time that they apply.

It’s easy to get discouraged and see this first denial as just more evidence that things are not going to change and you are doomed to live in pain and poverty. Don’t fall victim to this line of thinking! Help for you is out there, so do not give up. Below are some points to consider as you re-evaluate your situation

You face a heavy burden seeking aid

If SSD benefits were easy to obtain, many more applicants would be queueing up for aid. Instead, to keep the system funded and grifters off the rolls, applicants must bear this burden of proof that their needs are both financial and medical.

Realize, too, that the Social Security Administration (SSA) not only looks at the work you used to do but can no longer do but also at what gainful employment you might still be able to do given your skillset and ability to be trained. So, just because you can no longer work as a welder or climb a scaffold, you must also prove that you could not greet customers at Wal-Mart, operate a street sweeper or do other tasks for payment.

Organizing your information in your appeal in a way that Social Security can fully appreciate your limitations is often key to a successful appeal. If your case goes to a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge, an advocate can help you challenge the opinion of an occupational expert that says you’re still able to work.

If your SSD has been denied. address your concerns to a legal professional who can advise you about appealing SSA’s decision.