Common Reasons for Social Security Disability Denials

by Staff | September 26th, 2014

There are millions of Americans who are unable to work due to a disabling injury or illness, yet only some will receive Social Security Disability benefits—a program established to provide a resource of income for disabled American citizens. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports as many as 60 percent of initial claims will receive a Social Security Disability denial.

This leaves many wondering what some of the most common reasons for a Social Security Disability denial are. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Earning Too Much Income– The SSA says you cannot earn more than what is considered “substantial gainful activity”. For the non-blind, this limit is $1,070 per month.
  • Suffering from a short-term condition– In order to receive disability benefits, your condition must be expected to last longer than one year.
  • You haven’t worked long enough– Much like retirement benefits; disability benefits are earned by the amount of money you earned and time you have worked. If you haven’t put in enough time, you will be denied benefits
  • Your condition was caused by a drug addiction– If alcoholism or an addiction to an illicit substance was a contributing factor to your condition, you will likely be denied access to disability benefits.
  • You fail to cooperate– Actions like failing to release confidential medical records or not following doctor’s orders for treatment can also lead to a denial.
  • You’ve been convicted of a crime– Certain stipulations regulate who can be awarded benefits if criminal activity is involved.

The best way to determine if your condition will qualify for benefits is to speak with a Social Security Disability attorney. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our legal staff is standing by to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your case. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to learn more about how we can help you.

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