If you are applying for Social Security Disability, there are some common reasons why the Social Security Administration may deny your application. Be aware that the rules for Social Security Disability are very stringent and you must thoroughly prepare to comply with all the requirements.
The most common reason for denial is lack of supporting medical information. You must submit as much documentation from doctor visits and any accompanying testing to determine if your medical condition is severe enough to be considered a disability by the SSA. Fill out several forms to collect information on your condition. Other forms give doctors and medical facilities permission to share your information with Social Security.
You must cooperate with the SSA on all matters regarding your disability claim. If you refuse to give any required information, the agency may deny your request for benefits. This reason for denial goes hand in hand with another.
There may not be enough medical evidence to support your claim. As stated, the SSA has stringent rules. If your medical condition is not among what is listed as acceptable conditions, you need additional medical evidence to show you deserve these benefits.
Another reason for denial could be that your medical condition may not last at least 12 months. Social Security does not pay for partial or short-term disabilities.
Denial might happen because you receive too much income. This means that if you are working at the time you apply, and you make more money than what is allowed for a disability, the SSA might not let you have these benefits. In 2016 the amount was $1,130 per month, but this total changes from year to year.
When applying for these benefits, you must be available for the SSA to contact you. The agency expects to reach you for any questions staffers may have or to schedule appointments for tests and examinations. Failure to have contact may lead to a claim denial.
While being treated by your physicians, if you do not comply with your doctor’s orders you may also risk denial or cessation of disability payments. These treatments may include prescribed medication, any physical therapy or scheduled surgeries.
Fraud is a serious accusation and it is not taken lightly by the Social Security Administration. Although fraud constitutes only a small amount of payments given, the administration prosecutes these cases to “the highest degree of the law”.
If you have been convicted of crime, the SSA discontinues disability benefits. This also applies if you have an outstanding warrant or have violated parole.
If the agency denied your benefits once before, there is a good chance that you may be denied again. About 60 percent of first-time claims are denied.
The process of filing for disability benefits can be frustrating and confusing. Knowing why you were denied is imperative in order to move on with the process. We are here to help. Contact us today and get your disability application back on track.