When you are disabled and can’t work, you are naturally concerned with how you are going to pay your bills. Social security disability income is one possibility, but you must follow the application instructions carefully to avoid receiving a denial letter. Whether they are worried about their finances or anxious to get through the application, many people do not complete the initial paperwork properly. As a result, approximately 75% of all applications for social security disability are denied the first time.
If you have experienced the frustration of receiving a denial letter, the Columbia social security disability benefits lawyers at Harris & Graves, P. A. are available to help. We’ll let you know some of the common reasons the Social Security Disability Administration (SSDA) denies initial applications and how you can appeal.
Top Denial Reasons by the SSDA
Administrative errors, such as failing to authorize the release of medical records, are among the most typical reasons the SSDA returns applications unapproved. Another common reason is the applicant’s failure to understand the conditions he or she must meet to apply for disability. Some of these issues include:
- The SSDA strictly enforces the rule that your disability is expected to last a minimum of 12 months or eventually cause your death. It does make an exception in the case of blind applicants.
- You are still working and earn an income greater than $1,070 per month. In the view of the SSDA, this proves that your disability is not severe enough to prevent you from earning an income.
- Your stated disability is drug or alcohol addiction.
- You do not follow your doctor’s prescribed course of treatment for your condition, although certain medical and non-medical excuses may apply.
Get Help as Soon as You Receive a Denial Letter
Denied disability applicants can appeal the SSDA’s decision several times. We recommend that you contact us immediately so we can help you formulate your first-level appeal.