More often than not, a disability claim will be denied on the first attempt. In fact, it happens to almost 3 out of 4 applicants. Having your Social Security disability claim can be discouraging, but we urge you to persevere. The journey to success when it comes to disability is not an easy one, but with the right knowledge, resources, and assistance, there is hope.
Below, you can learn about a few of the common reasons that disability claims are denied (assuming that you provide them access to all of your medical records and information).
- You have not been seeking the recommended treatment
It is only fair that your part is done to improve your health, and if the SSA does not find proof that you have gone to the doctor or followed his prescriptions, they may decide to deny your claim.
- Your income is too high
Generally, you might still be allowed to work with limits if you are receiving Social Security benefits. However, your income cannot surpass what the SSA considers “substantial gainful activity” (SGA). As of 2015, the limit is $1,090, but the figure is subject to change each year.
- Your disability is not expected to last long
The SSA might deny a claim if they feel that your condition will not last 12 months (or become fatal).
- Your disability is not considered severe enough
Your impairment must cause you to have extreme limitations in order to qualify for SSI or SSDI.
- They were unable to contact you
If the SSA and/or DDS (Disability Determination Services) is unable to reach you, they may decide to deny the claim.
- Your disability is due to addiction
Unfortunately, the SSA does not approve claims that are based on drug, alcohol, or other addictions. They may decide otherwise if they think your disability would continue without the addiction.
There are several other reasons why a denial happens that are not mentioned here. Whatever the case may be, we encourage you to stay positive. Feel free to rely on The Disability Help Group for support and advice.