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Social Security Does Not Have All My Information In The Denial Letter--What Should I Do?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Sep 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Often, when people get denial letters from Social Security (see example, below), they are alarmed by the fact that Social Security does not have all the medical information about them. I had a client call this week upset that his denial letter only listed two of his doctors (In denial letters, Social Security lists what information they reviewed.) The client was disturbed because he feared that Social Security had turned him down without getting records from all of his doctors.

More Carelessness Than Anything Else

While this client was right to be bothered by this omission, in truth, this was nothing more than a typographical error. Even though Social Security did not list all of his doctors on the denial letter, they probably did look at all of the medical records. The failure to list the doctors reflects carelessness more than anything else. Social Security can make a real mess out of their denial letters.

Men Having Hysterectomies 

You Had What Removed?

Over the years, I have seen men get denial letters that say, "Though we realize your recent hysterectomy caused you some pain and discomfort . . . ." For a while, almost every denial letter I got said something about the death of the claimant's spouse. These letters went to people who had never been married and  also to those whose spouses were very much alive.

The fact is that Social Security is too busy or too lazy too much of the time to prepare proper denial letters. But, this is not going to limit a claimant's chances going forward on appeal. By the time your case gets in front of a judge, we will make sure that judge has all the medical records.

A Sloppy Denial Letter Does Not Indicate A Missed Chance To Get Approved.

There is a bigger issue in all this, I think. It is that claimants like to believe that if Social Security knew everything about them, Social Security would approve their claims.  This is understandable. But, the fact is, Social Security is set up to deny claims. They pick and choose among the medical evidence to support an argument that no one is disabled. As noted elsewhere, for example, no one is ever more than partially credible.

So, if you get a turn down letter that seems incomplete, don't fret. You did not miss a chance to get approved. You merely got proof of why it is that Social

Yes, Sir. Got The Papers Right Here. Somewhere.

Security is so bad at fairly processing applications for disability.  Call your lawyer, do your next appeal, and keep the line moving.

If you have questions about a denial letter or any other paperwork Social Security sent you, let me know.

Sample Social Security Denial Letter

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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