If you think you’re entitled to Social Security disability benefits, it’s wise to talk to an attorney before applying. Because the claims process is fairly complicated—and nothing’s worse than receiving a denial after spending hours on the application—you should confirm eligibility before getting started. You should also review some of the more common reasons for receiving a denial.
Why Are Social Security Disability Claimants Often Denied?
1. They Do Not Provide Sufficient Evidence
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has fairly high standards of proof when it comes to demonstrating a qualifying condition. For example, they require hard medical evidence that is relatively recent and clearly illustrates why the claimant is unable to earn a living wage.
2. They Fail to Follow Medical Advice
Your claim must indicate that you have followed your doctor’s orders regarding treatment. If the physician instructs you to avoid excessive physical exertion, for example, you should not be going to the gym three times a week. Likewise, it’s important to fill—and take—every prescription that's ordered. Otherwise, the SSA is likely to deny your claim on the belief that your condition would not be as severe had you been cooperative.
3. They Earn Too Much Money
As of 2019, disability claimants cannot earn more than $1,220 in wages per month—or $2,040 if they’re blind. If your earnings exceed the applicable limit, your claim will be denied. It’s important to note that income from investments will not affect eligibility, though, as they do not prove the claimant is capable of working.
For help securing Social Security disability benefits, turn to The Gil Law Firm. Practicing out of Dothan, AL, attorney Rafael Gil III represents clients throughout Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. With a commitment to helping injured, ill, and disabled parties obtain what is rightfully theirs, he focuses on personal injury law and Social Security disability. He can also assist with bankruptcy filings. To schedule your free consultation, reach out on his website or call (334) 673-0100.