3 Common Reasons for Denial of Benefits

Social Security disability benefits provide a vital safety net for American workers who have experienced a debilitating injury or chronic illness that leaves them unable to support themselves. However, qualifying for these benefits is a long, frustrating process, and the vast majority of applications are initially denied. Here are just some of the more common reasons your Social Security disability application might be rejected.

1. Too Much Income

Social Security disability is for someone who is unable to participate in any substantial gainful activity. In 2018, anyone earning more than $1,120 per month will probably be denied, although statutorily blind people may earn a much as $2,040 and still receive benefits.

2. Technical Errors

social security disabilityMany applications are initially rejected because of technical errors that have nothing to do with the applicant’s medical condition. For instance, if you fail to include medical records or required statements from your doctor, meet deadlines sending in paperwork, or sufficiently document how your impairments affect your daily life, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may immediately deny your application. Hiring an attorney to compile evidence and submit your paperwork can help prevent these avoidable errors and unnecessary delays.

3. Insufficient Impairment

The SSA maintains a list of impairments which automatically qualify applicants for disability benefits. If your disability is not included, you must demonstrate that your medical condition makes it impossible to work in any capacity, even washing dishes or packing boxes. You must have sufficient medical documentation of your disabling conditions to recover,  If your disease or injury isn’t disabling, our you lack sufficient documentation of your disability, your claim will most likely be denied.

With a commitment to the well-being of their clients, the attorneys at Carey & Hamner, P.C. have built a reputation as lawyers who truly care. We’re dedicated  to helping people throughout Dothan, Enterprise, and Ozark, AL, get the Social Security disability benefits they deserve.  Call us at (334) 699-4444 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.


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