Q Why was my Social Security Disability claim denied?
Was your Social Security Disability claim denied? You're not alone. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies about 70% of initial disability claims every year. The number of denied claims will only rise as the disability criteria becomes more strict. If your claim was denied, you are probably wondering what went wrong. We've put together some of the most likely reasons why your disability claim was denied:
- You don't have enough medical documentation. Many people who apply for disability benefits do not see a doctor for treatment regularly. Even if they do, many don't keep track of these doctor appointments. Without medical records and doctors' notes, it is very difficult to prove your disability.
- You haven't been to your doctor in awhile. If you haven't visited your doctor recently, the claims examiner may send you to a doctor hired by the SSA. These doctors often do very basic examinations that may not accurately portray your disability.
- Your claim was incomplete. Your claim can be denied simply because you did not provide all of the necessary information. A social security disability lawyer can help you meet any deadlines and file your claim correctly.
- You haven't worked long enough. You earn social security disability insurance by paying social security payroll taxes. The general requirement if that you work at least half of your adult life in order to qualify for disability benefits. If you haven't met this requirement, your claim may be denied.
- You earn too much income. According to the SSA, to be eligible for disability benefits you must be unable to perform “substantial gainful activity.” This means you cannot work to earn enough money to support yourself or your family. Your claim may be denied because you earn too much money to be considered disabled.
Unfortunately, people who deserve disability benefits are denied all the time. If your initial claim was denied, don't give up – you may be able to file an appeal. Get in touch with a Morris County SSD lawyer to discuss your case and the appeals process. At Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., LLC, we're here to help get you and your family the benefits you need. For a free consultation, contact us today at 973-285-1100.