Many claims filed with the Social Security Administration for disabling conditions are initially denied. Following a denial, the first step should be recognizing why the claim was denied, and determining whether your case should be accepted.
Because the purpose of Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, is to help those who have paid into the system with day to day finances, it is important to understand that if you make too much money, you will be denied regardless of your condition. The limit for monthly earnings is $940.
In addition, applicants must prove that their disability, whether an illness or an injury, is terminal, meaning it will ultimately end in death, or that it is expected to last at least one year.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) also wants to make certain that the applicant is taking steps to treat the illness. This means that the person must be following the doctor’s orders with regard to treatments, rehabilitation, and prescriptions and medications.
Lastly, and most obviously, the applicant must make certain to follow all the proper protocol from the SSA. When a person fails to provide information or medical records, or does not properly fill out the necessary paperwork, the SSA will likely deny the claim for disability benefits.
If you feel that your case should have been accepted for your disabling condition, there are a series of steps that are used as part of the appeals process. It’s important to know that you only have 60 days from the date of the denial letter to file for an appeal. Failing to appeal within the allotted time means you will have to start over and file a new initial claim.
Source: FindLaw, “If You’ve Been Denied Social Security Benefits,” Accessed Sept. 19, 2015