When an illness or injury keeps you from reliably earning the income you need, Social Security Disability benefits (SSD) may be the lifeline you need to make ends meet. SSD benefits are essential for more than ten million Americans and may be necessary for you as well. Despite how much someone may need these benefits, many applications end with a denial. To help you improve your chances of gaining the benefits you need, here are a few common reasons the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies SSD applications:
The paperwork that you need to fill out for the application can be complicated and lengthy. When you are hurt or sick, it can be even harder to complete on your own. Even missing a single step in the application can eliminate your chances of earning the benefits you need.
Not enough medical evidence
It is not enough for you to feel like you deserve SSD benefits; you will also need medical support to back up your claim. Adding strong medical evidence that details the gravity of your disability may make the difference in whether you get the SSD benefits you are applying for.
You earn too much already
SSD benefits are meant for those who need the income to survive, not those who are already able to take care of themselves. If your income exceeds the SSA’s limit for SSD benefits, they will deny your application even if you would otherwise qualify for the benefit.
Not following doctor’s orders
The treatment orders your doctor gives you for your ailment are meant to improve your condition. If you are not following these directions, the SSA may take it as though you are trying to worsen your condition to abuse the system to earn benefits and deny your application as a result.
Not getting a lawyer’s help
The guidance an experienced attorney can offer you in your application for SSD benefits can help you avoid critical mistakes that would otherwise delay when you earn your benefits or keep you from earning them entirely. If you are trying to secure the disability benefits you need, consult with an attorney to learn about what you can do to protect your best interests.