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Why You May Have Been Denied Social Security Disability Benefits, and What Should You Do About It?

Published on December 6th, 2016

Understanding the reasons why you can be rejected from receiving Social Security Disability can help you achieve them in the end. Some factors are out of your control, but others can be changed and fixed. Knowing what to correct can help you successfully achieve your goals. You may be denied if you meet the following:

Denied Social Security Disability Benefits

Reasons Why You May Be Denied SSDI

1. If you earn too much income.
While earning too much problem isn’t usually a problem, in this case, it means you may be denied benefits. If you are working above the limit that is at or above the “substantial gainful activity,” it means you earn too much to be considered disable. You are, however, allowed to work a small amount while applying or collecting SSDI.

2. Your disability is short-lived or not severe enough.
Disabilities that don’t last for at least a year will most likely be denied. Additionally, your disability must cause severely limit you for you to be considered for SSDI

3. The agency can’t find you.
The agencies in charge of doling out SSDI must be able to communicate with you regarding your application; otherwise, how can you expect these agencies to grant you benefits without any correspondence.

4. You do not cooperate.
If you refuse to provide important information or give false information, that significantly diminishes your chances of getting benefits.

5. You do not complete your treatment program.
If you are not listening to your doctor and completing your treatment, you can be denied disability. There are accepted excuses for failure to follow prescribed treatment, such as not being able to afford it or you physically cannot follow prescribed therapy without assistance due to another medical issue.

6. Your disability is related to drug, or alcohol or you have been convicted of a crime.
There are many underlying factors affecting this factor, so it is still worthwhile to try. After all, you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”

7. You commit fraud.
This one speaks for itself, of course; however, not only will you be denied benefits, you can also be prosecuted.

What Should You Do If You Are Denied?

If you are denied, it doesn’t mean this is the end of the line for you. If you are denied, you need to appeal within 60 days of your denial. If you apply for benefits again, you may get denied again for the same reason; however, an appeal gives you the best chance of winning a claim. For your appeal to work, you must consider the following:

● Figure out why you were denied.
● Consider hiring a disability lawyer.
● Have your attorney call the Social Security Office to request an appeal, or you may call yourself.

Don’t give up. You are your own advocate, so keep on fighting.


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