Each year, millions of Americans develop disabling conditions that prompt them to file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Unfortunately, more than 60 percent of these applications end in denial. If your SSD claim is denied, you may consider appealing the Social Security Administration’s decision. However, to file an effective appeal, it helps to understand why your claim was denied in the first place.
The SSA can deny your disability benefits for a variety of reasons. Here are some of them.
Lack of solid medical evidence is one of the main reasons why most SSD claims fall through the cracks.
To be eligible for Social Security Disability claims, you must prove that you have a disabling condition that prevents you from working in your current role or finding work. Additionally, you must prove that your condition has lasted or is expected to last for at least 12 months.
This is where medical records come in. The medical records provided by your healthcare provider will go a long way in determining the outcome of your case. This is why it is important that your doctor documents how your condition is interfering with your ability to work.
Failing to follow through with the treatment plan
Failing to follow through with your doctor’s treatment plan can hurt your disability claim. The reason for this is that it will be difficult for the examiner to determine whether or not your condition is actually severe enough to prevent you from working or not.
It is important that you cooperate with the people who are handling your Social Security Disability claim. Failure to provide any requested document or honor your medical orders can lead to a denial
While applying for Social Security Disability benefits, it is important to know and avoid common pitfalls that can lead to an unnecessary denial. Legal guidance can help.