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Story of SSD denial mystifying but not unusual

Social Security is known to routinely deny a majority of initial claims for SSD disability benefits. Many denials appear to be the result of errors and omissions on applications. However, others often seem mystifying. The case of a Nevada woman is typical of many SSD denials.

Nearly a year after a terrible head-on car crash, Tiffany Angulo continues to use a wheelchair to get around. Her injuries were severe, and included skin-piercing fractures, a detached foot, bleeding into the brain, a broken pelvis, five broken ribs and bleeding in her stomach. She endured eight surgeries on her legs.

She can use a walker, but only for a few minutes at a time. Her legs swell and the ankle that was torn in the accident is very susceptible to infection. Even if she could stand for longer periods of time, she must sit frequently to try to reduce the swelling in her legs and feet.

Before the car crash, Ms. Angulo worked as a cashier and was required to stand for several hours without a break. If she ever returns to work, she will need to find another type of job that will accommodate her inability to stand for more than a few minutes.

The Social Security Administration initially awarded her presumptive disability, but the checks suddenly stopped. She went to the Reno Social Security office to file an appeal, but she doesn't know how long she will need to wait for a decision. In the meantime, the only funds coming into her household, which includes three children, are child support payments.

Unfortunately, stories like this are not that unusual. If you your Social Security Disability (SSD) claim was denied, consulting a lawyer or specialized advocate may help. Many people turn to Binder & Binder®, the National Social Security Disability advocates. They have helped thousands change SSD denials into approvals.

Source: KOLOTV, "Wheelchair-Bound, But Social Security Says She's Not Disabled," Sep. 6, 2010.

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