Why does the SSA deny certain disability claims?

If you are unable to work due to a physical or mental condition, you understand how difficult it can be to provide for yourself and meet your own financial needs. As a disabled individual in Illinois, you may be unable to maintain gainful employment, which could lead to financial hardship and other complications in your life. For this reason, the Social Security Administration allows certain individuals to apply for monetary support through one of the disability benefits programs.

Even with a valid disability, you may find that it is difficult to secure the support you need and to which you have a rightful claim. It is helpful to understand how the SSA views eligibility for disability benefits and if you qualify based on those parameters. It may also be helpful to understand what steps you need to take if your initial claims come back denied.

After a denied claim

It is rather normal for the SSA to deny an initial disability claim. While this may feel like a setback, you are not alone. Many initial claims are not initially successful, but that does not mean that you, as a deserving applicant, cannot eventually secure benefits. Some of the most common reasons for a denied claim include the following:

  • You have an impairment not expected to last more than 12 months.
  • Your medical condition is not severe or debilitating.
  • You are able to continue your work or pursue other types of work.
  • You did not provide enough medical evidence in your initial claim.
  • You did not follow the medical treatments prescribed by your doctors.

Once you determine the reason for the denied claim, you can pursue other courses of action. You may gather additional evidence, pursue important medical documentation and locate what you need to validate your claim. You may seek a reconsideration of your claim, or you may take the first steps in the appeals process.

Support for disabled individuals

If you are applying for disability benefits, you know that the process ahead can be long and disheartening. You may benefit from seeking experienced guidance as you walk through every step, from preparing your medical documentation to following the steps of the appeals process. With help, you may have a higher chance of avoiding setbacks and other complications that can keep you from the support you need.


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