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“I’ve Been Declined for Social Security Disability Benefits in Washington”

January 23rd, 2017 Posted by Social Security

You are probably here because you attempted to file for a social security claim either online or by phone. You’ve received notice that your application has been declined. You probably called to see what you can do and have not been successful to re-establish your claim. Where do you go next? This process has probably taken a couple of months and you are still unable to return to work due to your injury or disability. Finances can start getting tight and your stress level is rising.

There are several reasons your social security claim may be initially denied:

You earn too much income – Currently if you earn more than $1,040/month, you claim will be declined.

Temporary disability – If your injury is very short term and you should be able to get back to work fairly quickly, your claim will be declined. (This may not be the case, but is subjective)

Social Security Administration can’t find you – If you can’t be reached to schedule appointments for evaluations of your injury, you may get declined.

Fail to follow therapy – If you fail to follow the prescribed therapy that is attempting to rehabilitate you to get you back to work.

Disability based on drug addiction – Drug additions or even alcoholism can cause your claim to be declined if the injury or reason you are claiming is based on these addictions.

Convicted of a crime – Certain convictions can prevent you from obtaining Social Security Disability.

You committed fraud – If you are attempting to gain benefits based on false information, your claim will get denied. Legal action can also be taken against you or any paid benefits will need to be paid back.

Next Step is the Appeal of the Denied Social Security Disability Benefits

If you do a little research you will find that over 90% of the initial claims filed for Social Security Disability are declined initially. You will need to file for an appeal to have your paperwork processed and reviewed again. Do not delay in doing this since the longer you wait after being denied, you will not be receiving your possible benefits. In some cases you will need to appear physically in front of an Administrative Law Judge to discuss your claim. In some cases this process can take a year or two to get to, and still there is a good chance your claim will be denied.

Getting an Attorney Involved in your Social Security Disability Claim

Getting an attorney involved in the process after the initial denial can greatly speed up the process of having your claim accepted. An attorney will be able to accurately describe the facts of your case and make sure all required paperwork has been filed. Having the burden of needing to keep up on this process handled by an experienced attorney can make a big difference in your stress and family life.

How Much Will This Cost?

Attorney fees for Social Security Disability claims have two thresholds that are common for any attorney. For Social Security disability lawyers, the fee is limited to 25% of the past-due benefits you are awarded, up to a maximum of $6,000. Note that the attorney will be paid only out of your past-due benefits, or “backpay.” If no back-dated benefits are awarded, the attorney will not receive a fee; nor is he or she permitted to ask you for one.

Contact Washington Law Center for a Social Security Consultation

The Washington Law Center is proud to be among the leading Social Security firms in Washington. Millions of Americans can no longer work due to a debilitating personal injury or a severe condition that has taken its toll. Fill the form out to the right or call us now, and we will review your condition, work history, and current medical treatment, and begin tailoring your case to ensure that you can most quickly get the benefits you deserve.


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