October 29th, 2018| Social Security benefits aren’t just for retirees. They’re also designed to protect people who are injured or develop illnesses that prevent them from going back to work. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is in charge of overseeing the benefits system and determining who gets monthly paychecks, but the criteria for approving claims is strict. That means people with serious illnesses and injuries often fall through the cracks and are unable to get the benefits they deserve. At Berg Injury Lawyers, our California Social Security Disability lawyers know this fact all too well. We’ve helped many people who are unable to go back to work due to health conditions apply for benefits or appeal the SSA’s decisions on their claims. In addition to having a law firm on your side that knows the ins and outs of SSD benefits claims, it’s also important to know why claims are often denied:
- Incomplete, inaccurate, or missing paperwork—The SSA wants thorough documentation of everything related to your illness or injury. If anything is missing, not completely filled out, or contains incorrect information, your claim may be denied.
- Lack of evidence concerning your illness or injury—Going to the doctor and following up with medical appointments is essential for SSD benefits eligibility. If you fail to do so, the SSA may not believe your health problems are serious enough to warrant awarding you the money you deserve.