If you are unable to work and are finding it difficult to support yourself, one of the options open to you may be to seek Social Security Disability benefits. Social Security Disability is available to people who have qualifying medical conditions that are expected to last for at least 12 months.
It’s important that you are able to show the Social Security Administration that you are unable to work and that your condition is serious enough to warrant disability benefits. Doing this can be difficult, which is why many people see their benefits applications denied upon their first submission.
The following are two common reasons why your Social Security Disability benefits could be denied and what you can do next.
Insufficient medical evidence
One of the main reasons that people have their applications denied is because of insufficient medical evidence. When you aren’t well, it can be difficult to gather the evidence that you need, but it is essential that you gather as much as you can.
If you receive a denial, you can appeal with additional information, such as letters from friends, doctors and employers. You may provide new medical test documentation or further proof of your condition to solidify your claim. Doing this will help you get the initial denial reviewed and potentially overturned.
Errors on the application
Another common cause of denials is having errors on the application. For example, spelling your name wrong or forgetting to fill in part of the application could result in a rejection.
The easiest fix, in that case, is to correct the application errors. If you aren’t sure what you need to do, then talking to your SSD attorney may help you understand where the initial application was lacking and how to make corrections to make a strong case for the benefits you need.
Social Security Disability benefits are helpful, but they can be challenging to apply for and receive. If you’re having trouble, don’t forget that help is available. You can work on building a stronger case, so the Social Security Administration has all the information it needs when reviewing your application.