Did you suffer a serious injury or illness? After a few months of missed work, you may realize you can’t imagine being able to return to your job. Your new reality is that you’re going to be living with a disability for the rest of your life.
Knowing your disability should be covered, you applied for Social Security Disability benefits. It came as a shock when the Social Security Administration (SSA) denied your claim. You are probably wondering what you did wrong.
Why does a disability claim get denied?
The reality is that about two-thirds of SSDI and SSI claims are initially denied. Then, during the first appeal, some claims are rejected again! Don’t give up. You may still have a valid claim.
What should you do if your claim is denied?
When your claim is denied, the Social Security Administration should let you know their reasons why in the letter. Excuses the SSA may use to deny a claim include:
- You earn too much money even with your injuries
- Your disability will last less than a year
- You didn’t follow your medical provider’s orders for treatment
- You didn’t complete the application correctly or completely
- You don’t have enough information to support your claim
- Your disability is linked to a criminal conviction
- They couldn’t reach you by phone or mail
Take your denial letter with you when you go to speak with a lawyer. They will be able to advise you about your next steps. Again, don’t give up, even if your application has been denied more than once.