If you are represented by a disability attorney at your hearing, your chances of winning your claim could be as high as 80% or more.
One reason that so many claims get denied could have something to do with the fact that the Social Security Administration (SSA) and Disability Determination Services (DDS) are understaffed. The workload for a DDS examiner is very high and it often feels like the goal of the examiner is to find a reason not to award you disability benefits.
If you are asked by the DDS to go to a Consultative Exam (CE) and you fail to do so, then your application might be denied for failure to cooperate.
Many people who apply for disability are not working and have limited or no income. Because of this, a disabled person might stop going to the doctor and will sometimes even stop taking their medication because they can’t afford it. This looks very bad in the eyes of the DDS examiner. If you have not been going to the doctor recently, or if you have stopped taking your medication, the DDS examiner might mistakenly think that you must be getting better and will deny your disability claim.
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