3 Reasons Social Security Disability Claims Get Denied

Written by John Horn. Posted in Blogs, Social Security Disability

3 People meetingNo one likes to imagine being in a situation in which they cannot work. Unfortunately, however, this situation does become a reality for many people.

Some people may be diagnosed with a serious illness that keeps them from working. Others might get injured. Whatever the case may be, when this happens, the best option is often to file for Social Security Disability benefits.

While you may feel it’s obvious that you deserve these benefits, the Social Security Administration might not see it that way. For this reason, it is important to understand why Social Security Disability claims get denied. Hopefully, you can prevent your own claim from getting denied or at least know what to do if it is denied.

1. Working Is Still Possible

When you file a Social Security Disability claim, you are asked to explain what your previous form of employment entailed, the current reason you can no longer do that job, and to provide any supporting evidence that you may have.

Sometimes, if the description of your work doesn’t match up with the things that you can no longer do, then your claim may be denied based on nothing more than a simple technicality.

The Social Security Administration doesn’t know you or see your capabilities and how they have been limited as a result of your disability. Thus, they can only make the decision based on what you report. For this reason, you need to be extremely careful to honestly show that you are no longer able to meet the demands of your previous form of employment. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of choosing and crafting your words carefully. You should also be aware that your age also affects your ability to work and/or do your past work. A Disability attorney is fully versed on these rules.

For this reason, you should consider hiring a professional attorney, one who is well versed in these types of claims, to compile and submit your claim for you. These professionals know what the Social Security Administration looks for and are careful to make it clear how and why you are no longer able to work, greatly improving your chances of having your claim approved.

2. You’re Earning Too Much

Fortunately, many people who are disabled in some way are still able to earn income. However, this can be a negative if you earn more than the maximum amount for Social Security benefits.

SSA sets limits on what a person can earn and still receive their benefits. For this reason, before you file a request for Social Security Disability, you should know the limits and how they apply to your situation.

If it turns out you earn above the allowed amount, then you will have to think about quitting or dialing back on your work and about whether or not doing so is worthwhile in order to receive Social Security Disability income.

3. You’re Not Following Doctor’s Orders

Often times, when you become disabled, your doctor will provide you with advice or even strict orders to do certain things or not do things. However, if you cannot or do not follow those orders, then this could lead to a rejection of your Social Security Disability request.

Whether or not you’re following your doctor’s orders can be verified, so you need to show that you are being proactive about your health and doing what your doctor requests within your means. If you can’t do that, then the Social security Administration may assume you are not doing your part and reject your claim.

By doing your best to follow doctor’s orders and back it up with medical, documented proof, you can increase your chances of an approved claim.

As you can probably see, getting your claim approved can often be more difficult than you may have first imagined. Fortunately, with the help of a great law firm, such as Horn & Kelley P.C. Attorneys at Law, you can do everything in your power to get your claim approved and get the Social Security Disability income you deserve. Give us a call today to learn more about our legal services.


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