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Oklahoma Lawyers Explain the Reasons for Social Security Disability Denials

Strong advocacy for applicants who need to file an appeal

More than half of all Social Security Disability (SSD) claims are denied by the United States Social Security Administration (SSA). Some of the reasons are legitimate. Many times the denial can be overturned by filing a request for reconsideration and requesting a hearing. The reasons for first-time denials often include a misunderstanding of the Social Security rules by the applicant. The applicant may not have the right medical records or reports. The income or work history may be inaccurate. Sometimes, the applicant does not understand the law.

At Stipe Law Firm, our Oklahoma Social Security Disability lawyers help clients fight initial denials. We review all the wage, income, and medical evidence thoroughly. Often, by asking for additional records or updated reports, we can help a client turn a loss into a win. We have been helping disabled and low-income workers get their government benefits for more than 60 years. We are ready and eager to help you navigate the complex Social Security issues.

Common reasons Social Security Disability claims are denied

Some of the typical reasons for denials are:

  • High income. In Supplemental Security Income (SSI) cases, applicants who have too much income or too many valuable assets are not eligibility. Our Oklahoma Social Security Disability attorneys can help by examining if any income or assets should have been excluded. In Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) cases, workers who make too much money may be disqualified.
  • A medical condition is not considered disabling. Just because you have medical problems does not mean you have a disability. A disability is a precise term. A disability must be on the approved list of impairments or must be severe enough to you cannot work long-term.
  • Drug or alcohol addictions. Dependency on any substance usually disqualifies an applicant from SSDI or SSI benefits.
  • A criminal record. Some crimes, especially felonies, can preclude a person from getting disability benefits.
  • Incomplete record. Social Security may not have the records they need to confirm you have a disability and meet the other Social Security requirements.
  • The SSA cannot locate you. Applicants who do not follow through with their appointment, phone call, or online interview can be disqualified.
  • You failed to follow through with recommended medical treatment. It is not enough to just see doctors. If the doctors diagnose your problems and recommend specific treatments and therapies, you need to follow through with the recommendations or explain why you cannot follow through.
  • Applicants must be honest about everything they say and file with the SSA.

It seems complicated, and many people get overwhelmed by all of the factors that could cause a denial. That is where our Oklahoma SSD attorneys step in. Let us leverage our experience and understanding of the law to benefit you.

Contact an experienced Oklahoma Social Security Disability attorney today

If a claim was denied, you do have remedies. The Oklahoma Social Security Disability attorneys at Stipe Law Firm are experienced at reviewing the reason for the denial. We can file a request for a reconsideration of the claim and a formal hearing. Many denials are ultimately changed. Please call us for an appointment at 918-558-2255 or fill out our contact form to learn more about how we can help you. We see clients from throughout the state from our McAlester-based office.