Disability benefits are in place for people in need. However, many people who consider themselves to be disabled become very frustrated by the disability benefits programs offered by the Social Security Administration (SSA), because their applications are often denied.
If you consider yourself to be a disabled person and you are struggling to gain a significant income because of this, you may have lost hope regarding successfully gaining disability benefits under the SSA. The truth is that applications need to be made with thorough knowledge of the requirements and with sufficient information included. By appealing your denial and providing more information, you will likely be successful. The following are some of the most common reasons why disability claims under the SSA are denied.
There is a lack of medical evidence
Although you will likely be considered to be disabled under the SSA disability guidelines, they will not simply take your word for it. To be successful in your application, you will need to show evidence of your condition. This will involve gaining medical documents from your doctor showing that your condition is pervasive enough to prevent you from gaining a meaningful income.
You created a new application instead of appealing a denial
It's common for those who have had an application denied to simply start a new application rather than appeal the denial. However, this should not be done. If the reviewer notices that you have a denied claim on your record, they may automatically deny your new application.
Your income is too high
If you are applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, your income will be taken into account. You will only be eligible for benefits if you can show that you are suffering from a very low income due to your disability. Therefore, if you are earning more than $910 per month, it is likely that your application will be denied. If you earn an income that is higher than this, consider whether you are eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits.
Being denied disability benefits can be frustrating and demoralizing. However, by taking the time to understand why your application was denied, you can begin to fruitfully address the issue.