Common Reasons for Denials of Social Security Benefits

Now, more than ever, people are relying on public assistance. Since the coronavirus shutdowns began, more than 20 million Americans have become unemployed. Additionally, more than one out of five workers have filed for unemployment benefits since the middle of March.

Many families have experienced unemployment. When one spouse becomes disabled, it is important that they apply for and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits. Below are some of the most common reasons that the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies SSDI claims.

  • Lack of Evidence of a Qualifying Disability

One of the crucial elements of receiving Social Security Benefits is to prove that you have a qualifying medical disability. Not all medically diagnosed conditions qualify as medical conditions for the purposes of Social Security. The SSA denies many claims due to a lack of solid medical evidence. Applicants need to prove they are unable to work due to a disabling medical condition.

You will need to prove that your disability prevents you from being able to work. For example, you might have been seeing a doctor for years about lower back pain. Proof of your back pain is not enough to receive SSDI payments, however. You will need to document how the lower back injury inhibits your ability to work.

  • Prior Denials of SSDI Applications

If the SSA has denied your SSDI application once, it is better to appeal the decision rather than file a new application. When an examiner sees that you have already applied for SSDI and received a denial of your application, they will deny your second application. It is essential that you go through the appeals process before you submit a new application.

  • You are Still Working

When it comes to SSDI benefits, your income does not matter. Sometimes people are able to work part-time and earn money during the application process. However, if you are currently earning more than $910 per month when you submit your SSDI application, the examiner will deny your claim. The SSA only approves SSDI claims when applicants can prove that they are unable to work due to their disability.

  • You Fail to Follow Your Treatment Plans

The SSA will deny your claim if you have failed to follow the treatment plan put forth by your doctor. The person reviewing your application will not be able to decide whether or not you can work if you are not following your doctor’s plan. For example, the adjuster might think that if you follow your doctor’s orders, you would be able to work.

  • Failure to Cooperate

If you fail to cooperate with the adjuster who is handling your application, they might deny your claim. Be sure to quickly respond to all requests for information and attend your scheduled medical exams to increase your chances of approval.

Contact Our Experienced SSDI Lawyers Today

Hiring a lawyer to help you with your SSDI will increase your chances of approval. At Ward Law Group, we have helped many clients successfully apply for SSDI benefits. Contact our lawyers as soon as possible to schedule your free, initial consultation.