Challenges in Getting Approved for Social Security Disability Benefits

May 19, 2015 | Thomas L. Stroble
Challenges in Getting Approved for Social Security Disability Benefits

The Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) program in the United States is meant to financially assist individuals who have a temporary or permanent disability that prevents them from working. This supposed goal of the program often leads people with disabilities to be shocked when the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies their application for benefits. Most people who apply fail to realize that getting approved for benefits is surprisingly difficult in recent years and many politicians are lobbying to severely cut back the program or end it altogether due to funding issues. This means that getting benefits may only become increasingly more challenging in the coming years.

Many people who oppose the SSDI program claim that the SSA and administrative law judges (ALJs) too easily approve individuals who actually could find some type of work with their disability. They argue that the majority of the individuals who receive benefits are gaming the system and simply choose not to work. However, as experienced social security disability lawyers in Michigan, the attorneys at the law firm of Michigan Injury Lawyers know that obtaining approval for SSDI can be very difficult and can require several different types of appeals.

Having a qualified disability

In order to get approved, you must present evidence that you do, in fact, have a medical condition that qualifies as a mental or physical disability. The SSA has a list of certain impairments2 that are disabilities that affect the following parts of the body:

  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Congenital disorder that can cause issues with several different body parts
  • Speech and senses
  • Digestive system
  • Neurological conditions
  • Mental disorders
  • Genitourinary disorders
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Hematological disorders
  • Malignant Neoplastic diseases
  • Digestive system
  • Immune system
  • Skin disorders
  • Respiratory system
  • Endocrine disorders

If your disability is on the list, it does not necessarily mean you will be approved. Conversely, if your condition is not on the list, the SSA may still examine your symptoms and should not automatically deny your benefits application though this happens all too often.

Proving that you cannot work

Once it is established that you have some type of disability, you must then show that your disability keeps you from working in any type of profession. Since there are professions such as a parking lot attendant that simply require you to sit all day and have minimal contact with others, proving that you cannot work at all can be challenging. An attorney can use the help of experts who can demonstrate that you cannot earn a reasonable living due to your disability..

If you believe that you deserve SSDI or if your application has been denied, you first call should be to the social security disability lawyer to discuss how he can help in your case. The experienced social security attorneys at Michigan Injury Lawyers in Michigan work to help individuals who deserve SSDI benefits to get approved, so please contact our office at 888-454-0801 for a free consultation today.



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Mr. Stroble is a highly accomplished graduate of Michigan State University, with degrees in both science and law. He specializes in commercial lawsuits and personal injury cases. Licensed to practice law in Michigan and even the U.S. Supreme Court, he’s a well-qualified legal expert. Besides his career in law, he loves outdoor activities and volunteers as a part-time police officer in Birmingham.

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