Before they apply, most people think that getting Social Security benefits is going to be easy. The laws certainly make it seem that way. In reality, the majority of initial applications are denied. An understanding of the laws and the process makes it clear why.
The Disability Determination Section
In West Virginia, the Social Security Administration has given the Disability Determination Section (DDS) of the Division of Rehabilitation Services the task of going through initial applications. DDS determines whether the applicant is disabled or not. This is a difficult job and they have a significant number of initial applications coming in on a daily basis, leaving them with little time to devote to reviewing each Social Security benefits claim. If there is information missing or the documentation provided does not make a clear case for benefits, the claim is going to be denied. There is no verbal discussion and often no vocational exam.
The Law Allows Denied Claims to Be Appealed
Thankfully, the decision of the DDS is not final. If you have had your initial application
denied, you can go through the appeals process. At Bailey, Javins & Carter, L.C., our attorneys have been helping people like you obtain benefits through Social Security Disability appeals for decades. We understand how the Social Security Administration defines disability. We know how to compile the existing medical and vocational information and fill in the blanks in order to present a clear argument as to why you need these benefits.
We work on a contingent fee basis. We do not get paid unless you do.
Free Initial Consultation With a Charleston Disability Lawyer
Call us in Charleston, Logan or Summersville at 800-497-0234 or
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