Will My Benefits Claim Be Denied?

Reduce the chances that your claim will be denied or get help filing an appeal by working with our Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly.

Reduce the chances that your claim will be denied or get help filing an appeal by working with our Portland Social Security Disability lawyer Richard A. Sly.

Whether your benefits claim is approved or denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) will, in short, depend on the circumstances of your case, as well as the specific nature of the application you have submitted. In other words, the SSA may deny your claim for various reasons, which may be medical or non-medical in nature.

Medical Reasons for Claim Denials

The SSA may deny benefits claims for medical reasons that may include (but are not limited to) the facts that:

  • The individual is not considered to be disabled or have a qualifying medical condition.
  • The alleged disability or medical condition is not severe enough to qualify the individual for benefits.
  • The alleged disability or medical condition does not impact a person’s ability to earn a living and/or has not persisted for long enough (i.e., is temporary).

Non-medical Reasons for Claim Denials

When non-medical reasons are the basis of a claim denial, they can include (but are not limited to) any of the following:

  • The applicant has not worked for a long enough period of time or paid Social Security taxes (or other taxes) in order to qualify for the specific benefits.
  • The applicant has not completed and/or filed the necessary forms with the SSA.
  • The applicant has not provided the SSA with the necessary medical documentation to verify his or her medical condition, the severity of the condition, the impacts his condition has had on his abilities and/or the length of time the condition has persisted.
  • The medical documents provided to the SSA were not originals or certified copies provided by the issuing office.

Appealing SSA Denials

When the SSA has denied a benefits claim, it’s important that applicants realize that:

  • They do not have to accept the SSA’s decision as the final disposition of their case.
  • They have the right to file an appeal.
  • They will have the best chances of mounting a strong appeal and reversing the SSA’s decision by working with an experienced attorney who will advocate their rights at every stage of the process.

Portland Social Security Disability and SSI Lawyer at the Law Firm of Richard A. Sly

If your benefits claim has been denied, don’t try to deal with the Social Security Administration on your own. Instead, let Portland Social Security Disability and SSI lawyer Richard A. Sly help you appeal the SSA and obtain the maximum possible benefits. For more than 30 years, Richard Sly has been helping his clients:

  • Navigate the SSA system
  • Present their appeals to the necessary officials (in, for example, the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), the Appeals Council and in the U.S. District and Circuit Courts)
  • Champion their rights
  • Obtain the benefits they need and deserve.

At the Law Office of Richard A. Sly, our respected and seasoned legal professionals are committed to working tirelessly to help each of our clients secure the benefits to which they are entitled.

To discuss your case and get your claim or appeal started at no upfront cost, call us toll free at 503-224-0436 or email us using the form on the upper right side of this page. We offer free initial consultations, are conveniently located in downtown Portland near public transportation, and serve clients throughout the states of Washington and Oregon.