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Why might Tennesseans receive denied claims for SSD benefits?

Just as there are many reasons why a Tennessee resident might need Social Security disability benefits, there are many reasons why the Social Security Administration might deny an applicant's claim for benefits. It is important to understand some of the reasons that an applicant might receive a denied claim, as this may help some Tennesseans avoid an initial denial, and others to subsequently revise their applications and receive an approval for benefits.

Sometimes an applicant's claim for benefits is denied due to a failure to follow federal requirements. For example, an applicant may not have released medical records when required, or attended a required examination. A claim for a work-related injury may lack sufficient medical records regarding treatment and a person's inability to work. One simple reason that an application may be denied is that the SSA cannot reach an applicant to ask additional questions or schedule medical exams.

Sometimes a claim may be denied for medical reasons. For example, if an applicant for benefits did not follow doctor-ordered therapy, the SSA may initially deny a person's claim for benefits. Some of these applicants may have legitimate reasons for not pursuing required therapy, such as an inability to afford the therapy, or failure to receive appropriate assistance to comply with the necessary therapy.

It is important to remember that many applications for SSDI benefits, approximately two-thirds of claims filed, are denied initially. Fortunately, there is an appeals process through which applicants can continue to pursue benefits. Applicant who receive a denial may wish to consult with an attorney regarding their options for appeal.

Source: FindLaw, "Why a Disability Claim Gets Denied," accessed July 1, 2016

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