Why Social Security Disability Applications Get Denied

More than 70 percent of SSDI claims are denied for first-time applicants. In many cases, subsequent claims do not produce better results. When you know the most common reasons for Social Security Disability denials, you will be in a better position to get approved for the benefits you need and deserve.

Reasons for Social Security Disability Denial

The most common reason SSDI applications are denied is lack of evidence to prove the claim. Your medical records must show that your disability prevents you from working. Even if the Social Security Administration sends you to a doctor, proof of your disability should also be in your own doctor’s medical records.

A second mistake is filing a new claim after you have been denied. Filing a new claim rarely produces better results than the initial denial. When the individual who reviews your claim notices that you were denied in the past, the second claim can be quickly denied, too.  

Third, your income may be greater than the amount allowed for SSDI. Applicants who continue to work, and whose monthly income is over $1,000 will not be approved for benefits. You may need money to live on while your claim is being processed, but if your income is too high, it shows you are capable of working.  

Your claim will also be denied if you do not follow your doctor’s recommendations for treatment. Another common reason for denial is failing to cooperate with the individuals who are handling your application. From showing up for medical exams to producing the required documentation, not cooperating will increase your risk of denial.

Successful Results with Your SSDI Claim

You can greatly reduce your risk of denial by avoiding these mistakes. Solid proof of your disabling medical condition, attention to the income you are allowed to earn, and full cooperation with both your physician and the Social Security Administration can increase your chances of approval for your initial application.

However, you must also avoid the mistake of filing subsequent claims after your initial claim is denied. If you want good results, it is in your best interest to file an appeal instead.

An appeal for a Social Security Disability denial can be complicated. You may need to present your case to an administrative law judge, an appeals council, or even a United States District Court. An additional complication is that you only have sixty-five days to file an appeal after the denial notice has been mailed to you.

Why You Need a Lawyer to Appeal Your Case

You do not need to take on the appeals process on your own, risk missing deadlines, and experience not knowing what to do to achieve a positive outcome. A lawyer who specializes in SSDI can help.

The earlier you obtain legal representation, the more likely your claim will be approved without unnecessary complications.  If you have received a notice that your initial claim was denied, consult with an SSDI attorney immediately. The appeals process will be easier, and you will be more likely to be approved for SSDI benefits.