Disability benefits denied following 8-minute consultation

Missouri readers might be interested in the details of a Social Security Disability benefits case from Tennessee where a man was denied benefits despite a lengthy medical file. His doctor, who has practiced internal medicine for more than 25 years, said the man suffered with his illness for 15 or 20 years before even applying to the Social Security Administration. The doctor has never before publicly pleaded that a patient be awarded disability benefits.

For most of his life, the man owned and operated a non-profit construction company that provided low-cost housing with zero interest loans to seniors, disabled persons and the poor. In 2009, he lost his business, in part because of worsening health. In 2012, he concluded that he would have to apply for disability because of an illness that sometimes kept him in bed with flu-like symptoms for two weeks at a time. His doctor helped him prepare his case, which included records from at least four different physicians and hospitals and covered more than 20 years of treatment.

In October 2013, the man met with a government doctor. He says that the consultation took a total of eight minutes. His application for Social Security Disability benefits was denied five months later; the denial letter made no mention of much of the medical evidence that he had provided to the government.

The man has filed for reconsideration, but in the meantime, his home is headed toward foreclosure. Securing disability benefits can be a complicated process, even for those with seemingly strong claims. In a case like this, a Social Security Disability attorney may be able to help someone meet procedural requirements and present a case on appeal or move the process along as expeditiously as possible.

Source: WSMV, "Man denied disability despite pile of medical evidence otherwise", Dennis Ferrier, June 04, 2014

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