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Top 5 Reasons Why Your Social Security Disability Case Will Be Denied

October 30, 2020 Disability

The Social Security Administration is the federal agency that administers Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI).  SSDI is a federal program that provides financial assistance to individuals who have qualifying disabilities and who have paid the necessary work credits into the Social Security program. Applying for SSDI benefits can be challenging and unfortunately for many, it leads to a denial of benefits. Our Baltimore Social Security Disability lawyer explains the top five reasons why your Social Security case may be denied by the Social Security Administration.

Failure to Meet the Definition of Disability Because of Income Limits

A common reason for an SSDI application to be denied is that the applicant makes too much money.  The Social Security Administration (“SSA”) defines disability as “the inability to engage in any substantial gainful activity (SGA) by reason of any medically determinable physical or mental impairment(s) which can be expected to result in death or disability which has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than 12 months.”  An important part of this definition is the applicant’s inability to engage in what is referred to as substantial gainful activity. SGA can be achieved when an applicant earns more than the amount of wages the SSA sets as SGA, which changes periodically. For 2020, the SSA has set the monthly SGA for a non-blind individual at $1260 a month and $2110 for a statutorily blind individual. Thus, for example, if applicant Bob Smith who is not blind works part-time but makes $1,800 a month, he will be considered able to engage in SGA and his SSDI application will likely be denied. 

You are encouraged to speak with a  Baltimore disability lawyer prior to applying for SSDI for an opinion on whether your wages qualify for SSDI. Your attorney can explain the steps to take to qualify for SSDI prior to applying so you can avoid having your application denied. 

Lack of Medical Evidence to Support Your SSDI Claim

Another common reason SSDI claims are denied is that the applicant failed to submit adequate medical evidence to support the applicant’s disability claim. To be approved for SSDI, you must prove that you are unable to work because of your medical disability.  Accordingly, it is essential to collect medical records to support your claim that your disability has interfered with your ability to do your job. Be sure to discuss with your doctor how your disability is impacting your ability to work so he or she can document those issues. Physician’s notes are often carefully reviewed by the SSA when determining whether to approve your SSDI application.   

Failure to Follow Treatment

Unfortunately for some applicants, their claims are denied because they fail to follow the recommended treatments for their conditions. If you fail to follow your doctor’s orders, the SSA will deny your claim, as the examiner will not be able to accurately determine whether or not your condition prevents you from work.  If there is a chance your condition can be improved upon so that you can return to work, the SSA wants to see that you follow the recommended treatments. 

Failure to Comply with the SSA’s Requests During the Application Process

During the SSDI application process, SSA examiners sometimes request additional information.  If you fail to provide the requested information or fail to show up for medical exams and appointments, your claim will likely be denied.  Accordingly, our Baltimore Social Security disability lawyer recommends that you stay in touch with your application examiner and provide him or her with all supplemental documentation needed to approve your claim. 

Prior Denials

Finally, sometimes applying and being denied for SSDI several times can contribute to an application examiner’s decision once he or she sees that you have applied for SSDI before and were denied benefits.  

That said, it is important to speak with a  Baltimore Social Security Disability attorney who can help you apply for your SSDI benefits correctly the first time and help ensure you have the best chance at getting approved. 

Contact A Baltimore Disability Lawyer Today

Do you need assistance with your SSDI or SSI applications? Our experienced Baltimore disability lawyer can help you get the benefits you deserve. If you would like to learn more about how we can help you, contact a Baltimore Social Security disability lawyer today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case. We work with clients throughout Maryland and surrounding states.