If you think that you qualify for disability, then you are probably interested in how you can file for disability. Even if you are aware of the process, you might not be sure what can make or break your claim. To help you out, here are some of the major problems that can sink a disability claim:
You Can Still Work
If you can still work in some capacity, then you might find that disability will be pretty hard to acquire. Specifically, if you can still perform your job in the same capacity as before the accident, then your chances of winning are pretty slim.
However, you also need to consider whether you could work in another capacity. If your injury prevents you from working at your old job, but wouldn't prevent you from working in a different job, then the disability claim might be denied.
Your Injury Isn't Severe Enough
Depending on the nature of your injury, your disability can be granted immediately. Specifically, if your injury falls on a certain list, then your claim will be expedited and likely granted. In other words, if you have an extremely severe injury, then your disability claim will be granted, regardless of whether you are able to still work.
If your injury is not of sufficient severity, then you will need to prove that your injury prevents you from working. If you are unable to do that, then you might be denied.
You Didn't Work Enough
If you didn't work for a certain amount of time before your injury, then you usually can't get disability. Since disability is essentially drawn from taxes on income, you need to have put a certain amount of money into the system before you can take out money for disability.
The general rule is that you need to have worked part-time for the last 10 years, although this can be reduced in the event that you are a younger worker.
What should you do after a rejection?
Even if you were rejected, then you can still appeal the decision. If you do plan on appealing, then you need to make sure that your argument will be stronger this time around. This might involve gathering additional evidence, such as tests from medical professionals.
You want to make sure that you bring all the facts that could possibly help you. The medications that you are on and the opinion of a doctor that you saw a year ago may not seem particularly relevant to you, but they could potentially push your claim over the edge and secure approval. Click here to read more on social security claims.
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