Why was I denied for SSDI?

One of the most common questions that we hear from prospective clients and new clients at Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law with regard to Social Security Disability benefits is this: "Why was I denied for SSDI?" When we look into a case, we often find that a denial was unjustified, and we represent clients in appeals through administrative hearings.

In today's world dominated by social media, we sometimes uncover an unpleasant truth about a Social Security Disability case: A client was depicted as active in misleading photos on Facebook or elsewhere on the Internet. Photos may show a person skiing or cleaning house — but cannot show the level of pain the person experienced in the process. We know from experience that a person with chronic pain may have a miserable day and certainly would not be able to hold down a job on that day — but for a few minutes, the person may be able to pose in a horseback riding photo. It takes an experienced SSDI attorney to help overcome this type of obstacle to benefits.

In other cases, we find that a claimant had failed to provide sufficient evidence of disability as requested, or had failed to complete some part of the application correctly. Sometimes a doctor has left out key information in a medical report.


These are just a few examples of reasons for SSDI application denials that we have learned about in our years representing disabled people at Wagner & Wagner in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and beyond. If you were denied benefits when you applied for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, we urge you not to give up without having your case reviewed by an experienced SSDI attorney. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation.