There are many reasons why your disability claim could be denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Social Security funds are limited and in higher demand than ever. There are, however, many forms of appeals you can pursue and questions you can ask about your application rejection. It’s important never to accept an initial denial of disability benefits. Through a little hard work and a few meetings with a Social Security attorney, you can have your benefits approved and your life put back on track. Let’s look at some of the questions you should ask when your disability claim is first denied.
Why Was I Denied?
There are several reasons why the SSA might deny your benefits claim. The sad truth is that most disability applications are initially denied. There are so many people attempting to get benefits and so many people going about the process incorrectly that some estimates say less than 30% of applicants are approved. Here are the most common reasons claims are denied:
- Lack of medical evidence – There needs to be well-documented evidence that a disability has affected your ability to work. Without solid proof, your claim will be denied.
- You failed to follow treatment advice – If you don’t regularly see your doctors or physical therapists, there is less proof of your condition. Following the treatment plan for your disability shows your application processor exactly how affected you are by your disability.
- Too much income – If you can still gross at least $1,350 per month, the SSA considers you to be engaging in Substantial Gainful Activity. This means they will not consider you disabled if you can make this amount per month.
What Do I Do After I Am Denied?
The short answer is, you appeal. The appeals process can be long and confusing, and hiring a lawyer at this stage can be highly beneficial. After your first denial, you must file for reconsideration and address why the SSA rejected your application. This can involve getting new medical evidence and/or requesting a doctor’s evidence. Anything you can do to prove or legitimize your claim will help improve your chances of approval.
If your claim has been denied and you’re ready to see how a lawyer can help, call Drew L. Johnson, P.C. Attorneys At Law, at (541) 434-6466.