In the recent months, a high denial rate among those applying for Social Security Benefits in San Francisco has been the topic of great concern. With only a 30-40% approval rate at the Initial Application, this has caused some to call the Social Security Administration's strategies a "culture of denial." Despite the high rate of denials, there are many ways to help improve your chances at success.
A report published by CBS news stated that most people do not bother to appeal a denial the first time they are disapproved for benefits. With almost two-thirds of all applicants giving up after their first denial, millions of Americans who paid into the system and quite possibly were deserving of benefits, never receive assistance. While the approval rate at the initial stages is very low, there is a much higher approval rate when a claimant pursues benefits at a Social Security Disability hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge.
- Contact your Local Congressman
Your congressional representatives are in a unique position to assist you with your claim. Congressional representatives voice concerns about long wait times and high denial rates, which help put pressure on the Social Security Administration to improve. Recently, due to public concern and congressional inquiries, SSA changed some of their processes that were making it difficult for claimants at the hearing level. With enough public concern and the assistance of our elected officials, SSA will make changes to better the system and eventually this "culture of denial" will be transformed. If you feel that your wait time has been exceptionally long or you are in a dire situation, you can contact your local Congressman and ask them to inquire on your case. You can find your specific representatives by entering your address at http://www.congress.org.
With disability processing times often at well over a year, it is essential that you ensure your claim is being processed correctly. Hiring a Social Security Disability lawyer to handle your case will guarantee that no mistakes are made and no further delays are placed on your case. To find out more, visit us at www.socialsecuritylaw.com.