Common Reasons for Social Security Denials
Every year, the Social Security Administration, which handles all claimants’ applications for social security benefits, receives a large volume of requests. In previous years, denial rates have gone to a high of 60% at the initial application stage.
Since completing the initial application stage could take you anywhere between 3 and 4 months, you want to make sure that your time and efforts are not put to waste. To reduce the chances of being rejected, don’t submit a half-baked application. Make sure to do your research on the rules about social security disability benefits.
You can visit the resources below to get acquainted with the most important information on social security disability programs.
- Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Overview
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Overview
When a claim is denied, the filer will receive a written notice detailing how the SSA arrived at the decision. Here are some common grounds for rejection:
- Insufficient proof of disability.
One of the initial criteria that the SSA judges you for is the severity of the applicant’s disability. If you can’t prove that the disability will last for more than a year, your application will almost certainly get rejected. For instance, your records must have included all details surrounding your condition and how it restricts your ability to gain any willful activity. It must also contain your treatment regimen and how your body responds to the prescribed medical course of action.
If you want to appeal the decision, you must submit additional medical records and a health professional’s opinion as to the prognosis of your condition.
- Ineligibility for the program applied for.
Although some people may qualify for both the SSI and SSDI, these two disability programs are distinct and cater to different categories. Believing that you can apply for any of the two as long as you have a disability is a big mistake. This is why it is advisable to first consult with a disability lawyer before filing any claim for benefits.
This reason applies to SSDI benefit applications. Since the SSDI program has been created for disabled workers who have faithfully paid their Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA), deducted through their regular paycheck.
- A high amount of income or resources.
This reason applies to SSI claims for benefits. Since the SSI program is funded by the U.S. Treasury general funds and not your taxes, it is reserved for the population who have limited income and resources, operationally defined as having a total computation that is not more than the set limit by the SSA and your State.
Contact An Experienced SSDI and SSI Appeals Lawyer
Attorneys at Orum Young Law have years of experience working with clients in any stage of the SSDI or SSI appeals process. We offer you the following assistance:
- Help in processing your request for reconsideration
- Guide throughout the appeals procedures
- Preparation for hearings
- Legal representation in court
If you have been denied your disability payment, a social security appeals attorney is your best resource.