Two-thirds of those who file Social Security disability applications nationally are denied. Sacramento and other Northern California residents are equally likely to be initially found not disabled.
If you appeal the denial of your application, your odds materially improve. Over half of Social Security disability claimants who appeal will ultimately be awarded disability benefits.
One large reason is that appeals give you and your Sacramento Social Security disability attorney a chance to personally present your case to an administrative law judge at a Social Security disability hearing. This judge will observe you, and hear you and your witnesses testify about your limitations. At the application level, state agency decision makers have only your file to review.
A second reason is erroneous denials. The most common single reason for an erroneous denial at the state agency level is an over-estimation of your residual functional capacity. For example, the state agency may have determined that you are capable of medium work when you are actually limited to light work.
Other common examples of erroneous reasons for denial are:
The possibilities are nearly endless, so do not let the denial of your Sacramento California application for Social Security disability benefits discourage you from appealing.
Our website contains over 100 pages on applying for Social Security disability, appealing a denial of your application or your Request for Reconsideration, and the Social Security disability hearing. Some of the more valuable materials on this website are:
We are happy to personally answer any additional questions you have, or to assess your claim without cost or obligation. You may complete the short Claim Evaluation Form to your right or contact us at.