Today, Americans live longer as a result of advancements in the field of medicine. Although people would like to believe that many years of hard work will eventually lead to a comfortable retirement, studies have shown that a 20 year old worker has a 30 percent chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age.
According to federal law, a disabled person is eligible to receive Social Security benefits if he or she is prevented from working by a medical condition or injury that would either last for at least a year or, in extreme cases, cause death. However, meeting these requirements alone does not guarantee approved applications. This is why it is very important for you to seek counsel from a knowledgeable social security lawyer in St. Louis like those at Parmele Law.
Unfortunately, the numbers for successful disability claims are lower than you would think. Up to 65 percent of all first time disability claimants have their applications denied and 85 percent of all cases up for reconsideration are also denied. This should not, however, dissuade citizens from pursuing the benefits they are entitled to as mandated by law.
Regulation in the approval process for social security disability has become rigid in response to a significant number of fraudulent Social Security disability insurance claims. This is why in most cases; administrators have become extremely meticulous when screening the medical aspects of disability claims.
A good law firm with a background in disability claims, like the Parmele Law Firm, can help claimants understand the technicalities and reasons behind denied applications which will help them build a stronger case should an appeal become feasible. Denial letters will contain a short report on each claimant’s medical condition and why it does not qualify them as a person with disabilities.
Full explanations of these medical issues, or “technical rationale” should also be found in these notices. If your denial notice didn’t come with the technical rationale, a copy of it should be requested from the Social Security Administration. Reviewing the rationale with your lawyer will help you decide whether or not to pursue an appeal. The details will also help you prepare for an appeal, which should be made within 60 days of receiving the denial notice.
If you have questions about your denial contact Parmele Law Firm today.
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