The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies more initial claims for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits than it approves. If you’re one of the thousands of Americans who was denied benefits by the SSA, you shouldn’t give up hope. Many claims are denied for reasons that can be fixed with a strong appeal.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we know the SSD appeals process and we’re here to help. With Social Security Disability lawyers based across the United States, we’re never too far away to assist you with your claim. Contact us 24/7 at (800) 477-7315 or complete our free online form to get in touch with us today.
4 Reasons Why SSD Claims Are Denied
The SSA denies initial SSD claims for a variety of reasons, but four common reasons why your claim may be denied include:
- The SSA cannot locate you.
It’s vital to keep the SSA updated with current contact information if you move or plan on leaving home for an extended period of time. Your claim may get denied if the SSA cannot reach you to get additional information needed to issue an approval.
- Your disability is considered acute or short term.
If your illness, disease, or medical condition is expected to heal within weeks or months, your claim will be denied. SSD benefits are intended for Americans with disabilities lasting at least one year or expected to result in death.
- Your income is too high.
A successful SSD claim must show that your disability prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA)—a monthly income limit that changes with the national average wage. If your monthly income falls above SGA limits, your claim will be denied.
- You fail to follow prescribed therapy.
Even if you’re convinced your condition cannot improve, it’s important to listen to your doctor. You may be denied benefits if you fail to follow your doctor’s orders and the SSA believes following those orders would have allowed you to return to work.
The SSA handles millions of SSD claims every year, and many are denied due to errors, misunderstandings, or lack of evidence. If you believe your claim was wrongfully denied, contact Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin today.
Our Lawyers Can Review Your SSD Denial
Our Social Security Disability lawyers can review your SSD denial letter and help determine your rights to benefits. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, your initial case consultation is always free, and there are no upfront costs for us to handle your case. Contact us today.