Why Social Security Disability Claims Are Denied

Why Social Security Disability Claims Are Denied

Why Claims for Social Security Disability Get Denied
Before you appeal, you’ll want to know reason behind why disability claim denied.

There are few things worse than having your Social Security disability claim denied. Especially, if your condition is legit and prevents you from work. However, it’s not all doom and gloom. First of all, a surprising number of all initial Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications get denied. Which means you aren’t alone. Secondly, you can always appeal your denial. However, before you appeal, you’ll want to know behind the denial of your application.

Social Security Disability Claims Denied

The most common reasons why Social Security disability claims get denied include:

You don’t meet the non-medical requirements.

If you make more than the substantial gainful activity limit or don’t have enough work credits, then you won’t meet the non-medical requirements. This is a technical denial.

You don’t have enough medical evidence.

You need to prove that not only do you have a medical condition. You’ll also need to prove that the condition prevents you from working.  You can use detailed medical records as evidence. These records should include an official diagnosis and record of the symptoms. They should also include the results of any test performed by the doctor and treatments prescribed by the doctor.

Your condition isn’t severe enough.

Your condition must be severe enough to prevent you from being able to work. Whether it’s a physical or mental condition. The Social Security Administration has a blue book with a list of disability criteria conditions. Your condition must have symptoms similar to those of the conditions on the list to qualify.

Your condition won’t last long enough.

You have to prove that the injury (or medical condition) will prevent you from working for at least a year. If not, expect a rejection. Your medical records must indicate that the condition will not improve greatly in less than a year.

You didn’t follow your prescribed treatment.

The Social Security Administration will assume that you’re not willing to help yourself. Or, help your condition if you miss recommended treatments. If this occurs, you can then expect a denial. There are a few exceptions to the rule. For example, if you rejected a treatment option after attempting several other prescribed treatments that didn’t work.

Your disability is the result of drug or alcohol abuse.

If drug or alcohol addiction is what prevents you from working, or if your addiction results in an injury that prevents you from working, you can expect a denial notice. Drugs and alcohol cannot be the main contributing factor to your condition.

The Social Security Administration can’t contact you.

If you forget to update your contact information you’re likely to be denied.

You’re not cooperating with the Social Security Administration.

Refusal to share medical records or not showing for your consult exam will result in an automatic denial.

These are the common reasons behind why Social Security disability claims are denied. It’s also worth noting that disability claims get denied if a person is incarcerated. Or, if it’s determined that you attempt to commit fraud. For help applying for Social Security benefits, contact us today! Schedule a free consultation by calling 602-952-3200 or by getting in touch with our LiveChat feature.

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