Recently, The Washington Post published a comprehensive report on the high rate of wrongful Social Security disability denials by the federal government. Too many people struggle to get the SSDI/SSI benefits that they rightfully deserve under the law. In this blog post, our Rogers Social Security disability lawyer highlights the key things to know about the report.
A High Rate of Social Security Disability Claims are Initially Denied
Every year, thousands of Americans apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), a program designed to provide financial aid to people who are unable to work due to severe, long-term disabilities. However, securing these benefits can be challenging. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies more than two-thirds of initial SSDI claims. These denials occur for a variety of reasons such as insufficient medical evidence or lack of adequate work history.
Approval Rates Have Been Down at Every Level Since the Start of the COVID-19 Pandemic
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the already challenging SSDI application process. Since the pandemic started, approval rates for SSDI claims have seen a significant decrease at every level, from initial claims to reconsideration and hearings. Beyond that, there are reports that the pandemic has led to an increased number of SSDI applications, straining SSA resources and causing delays in processing times.
60 Percent of SSDI Appeals that Get to Federal Court are Remanded
Interestingly, while initial claims and reconsideration approval rates are down, the story is different at the federal court level. Approximately 60 percent of SSDI appeals that reach the federal courts are remanded, which means they are sent back to the SSA for further review. The high remand rate suggests that many denials are based on insufficient review or consideration of the claimant’s case.
A Disability Denial is Not the End of the Road: You Have the Right to Fight for Your Benefits
While the initial denial of an SSDI claim can be disheartening, it is crucial to understand that it is not the end of the road. If your claim has been denied, you have the right to appeal the decision and fight for the benefits you deserve. The appeals process consists of several stages, including reconsideration, an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing, review by the Appeals Council, and, ultimately, a federal court case if necessary. With persistence, thorough preparation, and representation from a Rogers, AR SSDI lawyer, you can protect your rights and interests.
Set Up a Free Case Review With a Top Rogers, AR Social Security Disability Attorney
At Gallo Cazort & Co. Law Firm, our Rogers Social Security disability lawyers are standing by, ready to advocate for your rights. Have questions about an SSDI claim or SSDI appeal? Our firm has the professional expertise you can trust. Contact us right away for a no cost, no obligation consultation. From our Rogers law office, we handle SSDI claims and appeals throughout Northwest Arkansas.