Disability Claims Denied by the SSA

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May 17, 2022 | Sara Khaki

It is common for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications to be declined by the Social Security Administration (SSA). According to the Annual Statistical Report on the SSDI Program published in 2017, only 22% of applications are accepted, and an average of 63% are denied. Although each claim can vary, it can be in your best interest to understand why claims are being rejected in the first place in order to be successful when applying.

Common Reasons Claims Get Rejected

If a claim was denied, it does not mean that an applicant did not qualify to receive benefits. The most common reasons why someone might get denied are the following.

Starting a New Application Instead of Appealing an Old One

If an applicant was denied, it is best to file an appeal to begin a new application. Starting the process over from the beginning can lead to an application being denied again instead of being reconsidered.

Not Having Enough Proof

An applicant needs to gather evidence from appointments, trips to the hospital, ER, etc., in order to have a strong enough case. It is common for the SSA to deny applicants these benefits for not having enough evidence.

Making Too Much Money

If an applicant receives too much money under the SSA standards, they can deem that person ineligible to receive any benefits.

Not Following Doctor’s Orders

Although many applicants can prove they have gone to their doctor for treatment, it does not necessarily mean they have followed through with the advice they were given. It is essential to continue to follow up on the doctor’s orders and stay in touch with them in order to prove that the disability will continue to require these medical benefits.

Retaining a Disability Advocate to Avoid a Denial

Having an experienced advocate by your side throughout the process can help avoid these mistakes and decrease the chances of getting a denial. A disability attorney can look at the application, help you gather evidence to prove a case, and ensure that you have all of your bases covered to apply for benefits successfully.

If you need help with your application, filing an appeal, or discussing further options, reach out to The Khaki Law Firm to schedule a consultation today.


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