Why Most SSD Applications are Denied

by Staff Blogger | June 27th, 2016

Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits exist to help the disabled people of our community survive once they are unable to work. Although SSD benefits won’t make anyone rich, they can be the difference between making ends meet and abject poverty. SSD is an extension of the Social Security Act of 1935, which set aside funds specifically for Americans who can no longer earn an income on their own due to a disability. Unfortunately, securing those benefits can be harder than you might think.

More than two-thirds of all SSD initial applications are denied, leaving thousands of disabled Americans without benefits every year. The application process itself can be complex and confusing, but the reason most are denied is the applicant did not provide adequate proof to satisfy the government’s definition of disabled, and therefore did not qualify for benefits. To qualify, an individual must be unable to do any work due to their disability, not just the work they did before. For instance, if you were a mechanic and became disabled, you must prove that you are unable do any job, not just work on cars. Proving that on your own can be difficult, which is why you need a lawyer on your side.

If you’ve been denied benefits, call our experienced San Francisco Social Security Disability lawyers today for a free consultation. We’ve helped others just like you get the benefits they deserve. We’re ready to do the same for you.