Life can change in an instant for Philadelphia residents. A simple drive to work, or even an ordinary work day itself, can suddenly turn tragic when a serious injury occurs.
This was the case for one man who had his hand cut off by a saw blade earlier this year while working in his yard. Doctors performed emergency surgery on the man, who worked as a mechanic building houses and cars, but the doctors were unable to save the majority of his left hand. As a result, the man is now unable to continue his work, which requires the use of both hands.
Making matters worse, the man’s claim for disability benefits was denied, despite his inability to work. The man’s case follows similar reports from others who experienced a denied claim in spite of a clear injury that prevented them from working. Disability advocates noted the problem was due in part to an overload of cases in the system. According to some disability advocates, this situation may lead to applications being denied in the initial phase even when the claimant is eligible for benefits.
Fortunately, those who have had their disability claim denied have the ability to appeal the denial. While the application might be rejected in the initial phase, this decision can be reversed in the appeals process.
There are different methods of appealing the initial denial, but in general, the appeal may be successful because other Social Security officials will likely take a closer look at the case and hear evidence of the person’s disability and corresponding eligibility for benefits. As a result, those who have had their claims denied should not give up if they are entitled to receive benefits, as an appeal can potentially make all the difference in receiving benefits.
Source: KMOV, “Man loses hand in accident, loses fight for disability payments,” Steve Perron and Chris Nagus, Aug. 25, 2016