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How to keep your SSD or SSI application from being denied

Applying for Social Security disability is an onerous process that leaves most applications being denied. A few tips can help.

Many people in Oregon apply for Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits each year. However, the chances of being approved might seem no better than they are of getting heads in a coin flip. It is difficult and stressful to spend a lot of time and effort on an application while feeling like acceptance is a matter of luck. Here are a few tips to help get an application approved.

Ensure the grounds for the application are present

Before spending all of that time and effort, it helps to be sure that the grounds for an approval are present. Many people think they may qualify but do not because there are technical requirements that must be passed before the evaluation of an application progresses very far into the medical review. For example, SSDI requires that an individual has enough work credits or is potentially eligible as adult disabled child or a widow. SSI requires that an individual is of a certain financial need and considers various types of income and assistance. Another issue can arise when an applicant is working or tries to work while applying. Many attorneys offer free consultations and can advise applicants on whether they may run into these types of hurdles.

Keep going

Many people give up when their application is first denied. According to Social Security Administration workload data, about 33% of claims are approved at the application level. Around 12% are approved at the first appeal, and the remainder require hearings. The approval rate at the hearings level varies by hearings office but the current national average is 45%. That 45% makes it clear that it can be worthwhile to pursue a case after the initial denial.

File as thoroughly as possible

The more information the people who are evaluating an application have, the better. Applicants should submit all required documents promptly. It usually makes sense for an applicant to turn in his or her application as quickly as possible to begin receiving benefits, but in some cases it is worth waiting the few days or weeks in order to obtain documentation that helps prove the case. On the other hand, if applicants do not have this information or it would take too long for them to access it, they should not delay in filing their claim.

Enlist the assistance of an attorney

Getting SSD and/or SSI is not an easy process in Oregon. In fact, it can be a job in itself and hugely difficult for people struggling with overwhelming health conditions such as cancer or chronic pain to complete. Often, attorneys are able to help. Most work on a contingency basis, meaning that they are so confident in their abilities, experience and the validity of the application, that they get money only if the claim is accepted.

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At the Robyn M. Rebers LLC in Clackamas County, Oregon, I handle cases of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income applications and appeals. I represent clients throughout Oregon, including those in Clackamas County, Multnomah County, Washington County, Yamhill County and Marion County, as well as the cities of Tualatin, Clackamas, Portland, Wilsonville, Gladstone, Beaverton, Tigard, West Linn, Lake Oswego, Milwaukie, Sherwood, Newberg, Damascus, Sunnyside, Jennings Lodge, Oatfield, Oak Grove, Hillsboro, Sheridan, Molalla, Canby, Happy Valley, Johnson City, Oregon City, Sandy, River Grove, Charbonneau, King City, Aloha, Woodburn, Aurora, Donald, Hubbard, St. Paul and McMinnville.

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