Social Security Disability Insurance (SSD) is a type of coverage funded through payroll taxes. It pays monthly benefits to certain people who qualify if they became disabled before they reached retirement age and can no longer work. It’s also known as worker’s disability. Typically, those who are eligible must have worked a certain number of years in a job where you paid Social Security (FICA) taxes. You’ll also need to have earned a certain number of work credits; people can receive up to four a year.
If you applied for SSD having met the prerequisites, you could still be denied for any of the following reasons:
- You earn too much income
- Your disability won’t last long enough or isn’t severe enough
- The Social Security Administration (SSA) can’t reach you
- You refuse to cooperate
- You failed to follow prescribed therapy
- Your disability is based on a type of addiction
- You have been convicted of a crime
- You committed fraud
The SSA will typically send a letter to you explaining their decision for why they have decided to deny your appeal. If you don’t agree with the denial, you always have the option to appeal their decision. Most cases make sense to appeal because you have a good chance of winning your appeal at the hearing stage, especially if you hire a lawyer to represent you. There are no costs for filing an appeal with the SSA; however, if you file an appeal in federal court, you will need to pay court fees and other expenses.
If you wish to appeal your decision, don’t hesitate to call us. Our experienced Harrisburg Social Security Disability lawyers can help you file all the necessary paperwork to get your hearing started and can gather evidence that will improve your case in court. Don’t give up if your initial application was denied. Get in touch with our attorneys at Metzger Wickersham today to schedule a free initial consultation. For the past 128 years, our firm has represented thousands of individuals in many legal matters. Today, we focus our efforts on helping people who have been injured or disabled in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and Social Security Disability claims. Let us see what we can do for you.
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