Why Your Social Security Disability Claim Might Be Denied

If you believe that you are eligible for Social Security disability benefits, it is important that you speak to a qualified attorney before you go through with the application process with the Social Security Administration (SSA). While you may assume that you just have to fill out some paperwork, the claims process for applying for Social Security disability benefits is quite complex, and it can be rather overwhelming for the layperson. Just a single misstep can result in a denial, which is the last thing that you want after you have spent countless hours on the application. Therefore, you need to confirm your eligibility with a lawyer before you begin. You should also familiarize yourself with some of the most common reasons that your claim may get denied.

Failure to Provide Sufficient Evidence

As far as identifying and demonstrating a condition that qualifies under the SSA conditions, the SSA has pretty high standards for the evidence that they require. For instance, they will require hard medical proof that is recent and clearly proves why you are unable to currently work and earn a monetary living.

Earn Too Much Money

In some cases, it is still possible to receive Social Security disability benefits and still be receiving monetary wages on a monthly basis. However, you can only earn so much before you are ineligible for benefits and will receive a denied claim. As of 2020, the SSA guidelines state that individuals are unable to earn more than $1,260 per month. For individuals who are blind, the monthly wage cutoff is $2,110.

Failure to Follow Professional Medical Advice

It is important that your claim indicates that you followed your physician's orders as it pertains to the outlined treatment plan. For instance, if the doctor instructs you to avoid excessive physical activity, you don't need to be visiting the local gym several times a week. At the same time, if your physician prescribes you a prescription, it is important to fill that prescription and take it as prescribed. If you fail to follow the advice of your doctor, it is possible to have your claim denied on the assumption that your condition would not have been as severe if you had cooperated with your physician and their orders.

For more information on Social Security disability and assistance with filling out your application, get in touch with a Social Security disability law firm in your area.