Social Security disability (SSD) can be a lifeline for people who need financial support. Unfortunately, getting the crucial SSD benefits you need can be a challenge. Social Security administrators may deny your application, making it hard to pay your rent, bills, medical expenses, and more.
However, knowing the common reasons that the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies claims can help you build a strong claim and even help you appeal if you’ve been denied. Our South Carolina SSD lawyers work with SSD claims all the time, and they know the reasons that Social Security uses to deny claims.
Some of the common reasons that SSD claims are denied include:
- Not enough medical records and evidence to support your claim. This is a common problem when people put their SSD claims together. Remember that Social Security is looking for a convincing argument built on evidence. They won’t do the legwork themselves to learn more about your case. When you apply, include everything that an examiner could need to understand the seriousness of your condition and its impact on your life.
- You have too much income. When it comes to some SSD programs, your income could disqualify you. For example, under Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you may not qualify if you are earning over a certain amount of income from work. If you are still working and earning, even part-time, it could cause problems for your claim.
- You didn’t follow through on the care you need. Some people who are facing a disability could be helped with medical treatments such as surgeries and medication. When applicants don’t follow their doctor’s instructions or get the care they need, Social Security could deny their claim.
- The disability may not last long enough. Some disabilities may resolve with months given proper treatment. If you can’t show your disability will last for longer than twelve months, then your claim may be denied.
At the end of the day, the Social Security Administration receives enormous numbers of applications, and usually, they won’t take much time to resolve a problem if one exists within your application. Make sure that your application meets all the necessary requirements and cooperate with administrators to give your claim the best shot possible. It is usually recommended that you hire an attorney when applying to help ensure that your application is filled out accurately and thoroughly. You don’t want an incomplete or inaccurate application to be the reason why your benefits are delayed or outright denied.
So, what can you do if Social Security denied your claim? You can appeal the decision, and a lawyer can help. As part of your denial, you likely received a letter detailing any problems. It may also state that you have 60 days to appeal. A lawyer can review your application and advise you on your options for moving forward. It is always recommended to get legal assistance when appealing a denied disability claim. With so much on the line, you’ll want to give your appeal the best chance at success.
Your SSD Claim Matters
At Powers Law, LLC, we understand how important SSD benefits are to you. We also know how frustrating it can be to deal with a denial. That’s why we help people in South Carolina get the disability benefits they need and deserve.
To learn more about how we can help you apply for SSD benefits or how we can help you appeal a denied claim, contact us today. We’ll be ready to sit down with you to discuss your situation and how we can help. Call us at 864-227-2500 or get in touch using our online form.