Common Reasons for Denial
Even when you truly are disabled and cannot work, and are in need for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits to help you pay for your bills and cost of living expenses, your claim may be denied. Sometimes, the reasons that your claim is denied may be seem arbitrary, unfair, or unclear. A SSDI attorney can not only help you to understand the reasons why your claim was denied, but help you to avoid a denial in the first place. Some of the common reasons why a SSDI claim may be denied include:
You Failed to Fill Out Your Application Correctly
One of the most important parts of applying for Social Security disability is ensuring that your application is filled out correctly. If any requested information is missing, it is very likely that your claim will be significantly delayed, if not denied altogether.
You Do Not Have Enough Hard Medical Evidence
Another common reason why claims are denied is because the person submitting the claim simply does not have enough hard medical evidence to support their disability claim. Even if you have been spending months seeing your doctor and receiving treatment, if you do not have proper documentation of this, your claim may be denied.
Keep in mind that medical evidence is arguably the most important part of your application for SSDI. If you do not provide enough evidence, the Social Security Administration may send you for a medical exam. However, a medical exam may not conclude in your favor, and may still not be enough to warrant benefits in the eyes of the Social Security Administration.
You Make Too Much Money
Remember, SSDI benefits are for those people who are unable to work due to their disability. As such, if you are making an income that that exceeds the SSDI income allowance, your claim will be denied. For the year 2016, the income limit for persons who are disabled and working, per the Social Security Administration, is $1,130 per month (non-blind); $1,820 per month (blind); and $810 per month during a trial work period.
You Do Not Listen to Your Doctor’s Recommendations
It is essential that you follow your doctor’s recommendations and prescribed treatment when seeking compensation for your disability from the Social Security Administration. If you do not, and the Social Security Administration finds out (which they almost always do), then your claim will probably be denied.
The reason for this is that if you do not follow your doctor’s orders, it can be difficult to really understand the severity of your injury – are you really injured to the point where you cannot work? Or are you just refusing treatment so that you do not have to return to work? Failing to follow treatment undermines the legitimacy of your disability.
You Lie or Do Not Cooperate
The worst thing that you can do when applying for Social Security Disability Insurance is to lie about or exaggerate the extent of your disability; the Social Security Administration will find out. Next to that, another misstep that you can take is failing to cooperate with the Social Security Administration. If they ask for more information, give it to them; if they schedule medical exams, show up.
An attorney can help you to learn more about common pitfalls when applying for Social Security disability benefits and how to avoid them.