If you applied for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration (SSA) and received a denial, you have a right to challenge that decision. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, a member of our Los Angeles team will review your relevant records to determine if we believe you qualify. If so, a Los Angeles denied benefits lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm may be able to represent you through the appeals process.
You can speak with a member of the Social Security disability team from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm today by calling (800) 794-0444. We may be able to challenge the denial you received at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
Proving You Have a Qualifying Impairment
When you apply for Social Security disability, a disability claims examiner will look closely at your application, medical records, other information from your doctor or doctors, and additional documentation to determine if you meet the criteria to receive benefits.
In general, they will want to see proof that:
- You have a condition that will last a year or more, is permanent, or is terminal.
- Your condition prevents you from working.
- You meet the qualifications under the applicable listing in the Blue Book of Impairment Listings on the Social Security Administration website, or you qualify based on your residual functional capacity under Code of Federal Regulations § 416.945.
Generally, when you apply, you send your doctors’ contact information and the disability examiner requests the documentation. Pintas & Mullins Law Firm can obtain and analyze your records to see if anything is missing or if the examiner overlooked anything. Problems with their proof of their qualifying medical condition is one of the most common reasons people receive a denial for Social Security disability benefits.
Proving You Meet the Technical Qualifications of Your Disability Program
When you apply for Social Security disability, you generally choose either Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI). In some rare cases, some individuals may qualify for both programs.
Depending on the program, you will need to meet a number of technical qualifications. These vary from ensuring you earned enough work credits and show you are not earning more than the current substantial gainful activity limit set by SSA for SSDI and proving you meet the income and asset limits for SSI. If you do not meet any of these criteria, or if there is no acceptable proof that you meet the criteria, you could receive a technical denial.
You could also receive a technical denial from something as simple as forgetting to answer a question, putting down the wrong Social Security number, or making another mistake. At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our team may be able to track down why you were denied benefits.
For a free legal consultation with a denied benefits lawyer serving Los Angeles, call (800) 794-0444
Proving You Meet the Criteria for Los Angeles Disability Benefits
The items necessary to prove you qualify for disability benefits in Los Angeles will vary depending on your qualifying medical condition and whether or not you need to rely on your residual functional capacity to receive your approval. In a perfect world, you would include the name and contact information for all the doctors who participate in your case, and they would forward the necessary information on to the disability examiner.
In reality, though, this process does not always go smoothly. The disability examiner may need to see a variety of documents to determine that you qualify. This may include:
- Your relevant medical records.
- Medical imaging and scans.
- Laboratory test results.
- Proof of your treatment and outcomes.
- Information about surgeries and other diagnostic and treatment procedures.
- Documentation about your prognosis.
- Documentation of your impairments and abilities.
- Information about your work history, training, education, and experience.
- Documentation of your current income and assets, if applying for SSI.
If any of this information is missing, you may need to take additional steps to help them find what they need to grant your approval. This could require:
- Seeing another doctor or attending an exam they schedule.
- Collecting documentation from your doctor or others.
- Documenting how your condition affects your life.
- Taking other steps to prove your case.
At Pintas & Mullins Law Firm, our Los Angeles denied benefits lawyers may be able to help you file your application, gather evidence to support it, or fight a denial. Reach out to us today to learn more.
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How an Attorney Can Help Fight Denial
If you already received a denial notice based on your initial application for Social Security disability, we may be able to help you file an appeal. You have only 60 days to take action in most cases, so we recommend calling us right away. We may be able to help you develop your case for benefits and request reconsideration or a hearing in front of an administrative law judge.
If we cannot help you get approval for Social Security disability benefits through either of these steps, we can also represent you during a review by the Appeals Council or take your case to federal court. A Los Angeles denied benefits lawyer from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm team may be able to help you with your Social Security disability in Los Angeles.
Speak with a Member of Our Denied Benefits Legal Team Today
If you cannot work because of a medical condition or injury that is likely to affect your ability to work and earn a living for a year or more, a member of our team from Pintas & Mullins Law Firm will review your case. You may qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.
Our team may be able to help you understand the benefits you qualify for, prepare your application, or challenge a denial if they already denied your initial claim for SSDI or SSI benefits. Call us today at (800) 794-0444 to discuss your options with a member of our team and learn if you qualify for our help.