Why Was Your SSDI Claim Denied?

It's vital to understand why your claim for disability benefits was denied. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will provide you with an explanation of the reasons or reasons. However, interpreting this letter to your benefit can be challenging.

Reasons for the Denial

Claims are almost routinely denied by the SSA. Overall, it's usually because the claimant failed to communicate certain vital information about their impairment. Workers who need SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) may not have used care when filling out the application. What the claimant does after being denied, however, can make a huge difference in how things turn out. Don't give up —  claimants have a very good chance of being approved during the appeal process.

Understanding Denials

You must understand the reasoning behind the SSA's denials, and you may need help in doing so. The SSA tends to use a lot of unfamiliar terms, and many claimants remain puzzled even after a careful reading of the letter. A Social Security lawyer is highly recommended after a denial arrives in your mailbox. They can make sure your appeal is registered, that you are prepared for the hearing, and that you can refute the denial with precision and accuracy.

Common Denial Reasons

If you filled out your application without the help of a Social Security lawyer, you might encounter these denial issues:

  • Not providing a complete and accurate work history.
  • Continuing to work and earn income once you have applied for benefits.
  • Not having enough work credits. That means the claimant has not worked enough recently to qualify for benefits.
  • Failing to properly address your medical or mental health impairments.
  • Not listing all your impairments (you can list an unlimited number of health or mental health issues).
  • Not receiving professional medical care. You should be in treatment, see your doctor regularly as ordered, participate in all diagnostic tests, and follow all suggested treatments.

Actions After the Denial

Speak to a Social Security attorney so that you can win your benefits during the appeal process. Though the appeal process varies from place to place, many times you can expect this include:

  1. A reconsideration review.
  2. An appeal hearing before an administrative law judge.
  3. An appeals council review.
  4. A federal court review.

Your lawyer can help you understand why your benefits were denied. More importantly, though, they can zero in on the reasons and prepare to refute them during the appeals process. For example, if the reason your benefits were denied is due to the lack of medical treatment history, your lawyer can:

  • Make an appointment for you to be seen by a doctor.
  • Have important tests carried out to prove your impairments.
  • Assemble a packet of medical records, test results, and doctor's notes to present as part of your appeal.

Speak to a Social Security disability lawyer and get your benefits approved.