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Social Security Claims: 5 Common Obstacles

Social Security is a right to those who are disabled and unable to work. Unfortunately, many times those in need have to fight for what is rightfully theirs. The Social Security system started back in the 1930’s. Those who have worked have paid into these funds, which should take care of them if and when they are unable to work. However, there are many obstacles that one must face claiming their Social Security benefits. Here are five common issues people face when filing for their disability.

The Massive Amount of Paperwork

Filing for Social Security can be a nightmare. You can start the application online, but you must finish it with a representative on the phone. You will need to have all the names of the doctors who have treated you in the past few years. You will need their information, as well as anything pertinent to the case. The first hurdle is coming up with all the information for your case. The more documents you provide to the agency, the quicker the process goes.

Proving the Need

The Social Security Administration has a list of illness that they recognize as verifiable disabilities. Just because a person has a disability on that list doesn’t mean that it is an automatic win. They still use measuring systems to see how much a person can work and if they still can do some type of work. Many people have to jump through several hoops to verify that they are in fact disabled.

They Don’t Always Take Your Doctors Word

If you have several medical specialists helping with your case it is promising, but don’t assume that the Administration will take their word. They have their own doctors who often do evaluations on their behalf. They want to make sure that a person can absolutely do no work before they grant disability. Seeing another doctor can drag things out.

Appeals and More Appeals

Have you been denied Social Security disability in Utah? The general belief is that the Social Security Administration denies all claims on the first try. Actually, that is not true regardless of how it seems. Everyone should try the first time on their own. If they get a denial letter; it’s time to get legal representation. Companies like Summit Disability Law Group can help you get your disability approved. After the first denial, don’t mess with the appeals alone. Let a legal professional assist.

The Waiting Game

It can take anywhere from 3-6 months to get an answer on your case. Thankfully, if and when you get approved, you may be granted back pay from the date you filed. The waiting for months on end with no income seems to be the hardest part. Rather than wait, it’s better to get legal assistance and get the compensation that is deserved.

This article is from Lizzie Weakley, a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her four-year-old husky Snowball.

Bob Kraft

I am a Dallas, Texas lawyer who has had the privilege of helping thousands of clients since 1971 in the areas of Personal Injury law and Social Security Disability.

About This Blog

The title of this blog reflects my attitude toward those government agencies and insurance companies that routinely mistreat injured or disabled people. As a Dallas, Texas lawyer, I've spent more than 45 years trying to help those poor folk, and I have been frustrated daily by the actions of the people on the other side of their claims. (Sorry if I offended you...)

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