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Social Security Appeals When Applications For Benefits Are Denied

Applying for benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be a complicated process. When those benefits are denied, it can create a lot of stress, anxiety and frustration. Our social security appeals attorneys at Hendricks & Hendricks, in New Brunswick have over 100 years of combined experience. They regularly assist clients throughout Central Jersey communities with the social security appeal process.

What Are Supplemental Security Income Or SSI Benefits?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to eligible applicants with limited income and resources who are blind, over the age of 65 or those with qualifying disabilities. Qualifying disabilities include conditions that significantly limit an applicant’s ability to stand, lift, sit, walk or remember. The applicant must have suffered from a qualifying disability for at least 12 months before being able to apply for SSI benefits.

What Is Social Security Disability Insurance Or SSDI Benefits?

Social Security Disability Insurance provides benefits for qualified applicants who used to work but now cannot because of a disability. To qualify for SSDI benefits, an applicant must have worked in a job or jobs that are covered by Social Security and also have a medical condition that is covered under the SSDI definition of disability. To determine if you have a medical condition that qualifies under the definition of disability, the SSA will consider:

  • If you are working at a level of substantial gainful activity
  • If your condition is severe
  • If your condition is included on the SSA list of impairments
  • If you can do the same work as before
  • If you can do other work

While SSI benefits are based on an applicant’s age and disability, SSDI benefits are based on an applicant’s work history and their disability. Claims for both SSI benefits and SSDI benefits can be denied  based on a lack of insufficient medical evidence. Problems with completing the forms and providing enough information can also lead to denials.

Appealing A Denial Of SSI Or SSDI Benefits

The good news is that if your application for SSDI or SSI benefits was denied, there is a process for appealing the SSA’s decision. Our disability benefits attorneys at Hendricks & Hendricks, regularly help clients with the appeals process. As personal injury lawyers and workers’ compensation attorneys, our lawyers also understand the importance of medical evidence and have the experience to provide the necessary documentation to help support a successful appeal.

Contact A Social Security Appeals Attorney Today

If your application for SSDI benefits or SSI benefits was denied, our experienced disability benefits attorneys can assist you with the appeals process. Our lawyers are available for initial consultation appointments to discuss and evaluate your case. To schedule an initial consultation, contact us by calling 732-907-8047 or by sending an email through our website.