In a perfect world, everyone who applies for government assistance would be accepted and be able to receive the benefits that they need and deserve. The system is not perfect however due to limited funding and a necessary selection process, so sometimes an application to a program like Social Security is rejected. This can cause feelings of stress, but thankfully that person can appeal to have their application overturned and the benefits granted. The key to winning an overturn appeal however is understanding why the application was rejected in the first place and compensating for that reason at the hearing.
One of the most common reasons why a Social Security application is rejected is that person applying makes too much other income. The Social Security system is designed to dispense funds on a need-based premise, meaning that the people with lower income not only receive more funds, but are also more likely to be accepted in the first place. This certainly may seem unfair, which is why part of the appeals process would be to prove that the need is there, even if the base income seems to be higher than the appointed standards.
Another common reason for the rejection of a Social Security application is if there is missing or incomplete information. This is especially true for disability applications, where there can sometimes be a lack of documented medical reasons to justify the acceptance of an application. To remedy this, it is always a good idea to provide as much medical documentation as possible, both during the appeal process and the submission of the initial application.
Other common reasons for the rejection of a Social Security application include stains on a person’s record. This includes convictions of felonies or a documented history of drug or alcohol abuse. While certainly not an automatic rejection, these factors can come into play if a person’s application is on the edge.
In any of the above cases and more, the appeals process should focus on remedying the reason why the initial Social Security Application was rejected in the first place. This is one reason why having a social security attorney is a valuable asset, because he or she is able to help fill in the gaps and fight to ensure that an application is accepted. At the Franco Law Firm, we have years of experience with social security law and helping people across Tampa Bay and Florida win their appeal cases and obtain the benefits that they need and deserve. To learn more about how we can help in your battle for Social Security benefits, please call us at 813 872 0929 to schedule a free consultation.