Why does Social Security keep denying my claim for SSI and SSDI? This is a good question with a complicated answer. The Social Security Disability Process in NC is full of roadblocks. When you initially apply for benefits you are asked for personal information and have to complete what seems like endless forms. Your claim is sent to Disability Determination Services (DDS) in Raleigh NC. At DDS, an examiner will look at your case. The examiner will determine what forms they need to send you and may also send you to a doctor at Social Security’s expense.

If you are denied at the initial level, you will have to request a reconsideration. At reconsideration your case goes back to DDS and a different examiner will review your file.  This examiner will request more information from you and may also send you to a doctor’s appointment. If you are denied at the reconsideration level you will have to request a hearing.

There are several reasons why DDS may deny your case. The examiner may be unable to procure all your medical records and may just give up. There may be information that the examiner needs that they don’t even ask you for because they are overworked or under pressure to get claims processed in a hurry.  Statistically speaking, you have a great chance of being denied at the initial level. You have an even higher chance of being denied at the reconsideration level.

Social Security’s denial of claims for SSI/SSDI is unfortunately part of the process. The most important thing to do is keep appealing and going to your doctor. I tell clients that denials at the initial and reconsideration happen to most people. Perseverance, medical treatment and compliance are the keys to getting Social Security disability benefits.