Three reasons you were denied Social Security Disability

Social Security Disability Posted on Aug 22, 2023

What to do if Denied Social Security Disability

If you were denied Social Security Disability in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce, or Vero Beach, here’s why and what to do next.

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be a lifeline for individuals facing physical or mental impairments that prevent them from working. However, it’s not uncommon for claims to be denied. In fact, about 67 percent of all Social Security Disability claims are initially denied. This often leaves applicants feeling frustrated and uncertain about next steps.

If your Social Security Disability claim was recently denied, don’t be discouraged! In this blog, our Social Security Disability attorneys explain the three most common reasons that Social Security Disability claims are denied and what steps you can take to address these issues.

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Denied Social Security Disability in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce or Vero Beach? Contact our experienced Social Security Disability attorneys today at 866-930-6435. We can help you appeal the decision so you get the benefits you need.

Three reasons you were denied Social Security Disability

1. Insufficient medical evidence

One of the primary factors that can lead to the denial of a Social Security Disability claim is a lack of sufficient medical evidence. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires comprehensive documentation that proves your medical condition prevents you from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA) for at least one year.

To address this issue:

  • Work closely with your healthcare providers to gather thorough medical records, including diagnoses, treatment plans, test results, and the impact of your condition on your ability to work.
  • Ensure that your medical records are up to date and accurately reflect the severity and duration of your impairment.
  • Include statements from medical professionals that describe the limitations your condition imposes on your daily activities and work-related tasks.

2. Failure to meet eligibility criteria

The SSA has strict eligibility criteria that applicants must meet in order to qualify for Social Security Disability benefits. One common reason for denial is failing to meet these criteria.

To address this issue:

  • Review the SSA’s Listing of Impairments, often referred to as the “Blue Book,” which outlines medical conditions that automatically qualify for benefits.
  • If your condition isn’t listed, focus on proving that your impairment is medically equivalent to a listed condition in terms of severity and functional limitations.
  • Ensure that you have earned sufficient work credits through your previous employment to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), or if not, consider applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), which is need-based.

3. Inadequate work history or recent employment

For SSDI applicants, having a sufficient work history and recent employment is crucial. SSDI benefits are based on your work credits, which are earned through paying Social Security taxes while employed. If you haven’t worked long enough or haven’t paid enough into the Social Security system, your claim might be denied.

To address this issue:

  • Review your work history and verify whether you have earned the required work credits for SSDI.
  • If you don’t qualify for SSDI, consider applying for SSI if you meet the income and asset requirements.
  • If you were recently employed, the SSA might determine that your disability didn’t prevent you from engaging in SGA. Be prepared to provide documentation and evidence that showcases the severity of your impairment and its impact on your ability to work.

Denied Social Security Disability in Port St. Lucie, Fort Pierce or Vero Beach?

Let us handle the appeal process for you. Call 866-930-6435.

Receiving a denial for your Social Security Disability claim can be disheartening, but it’s important to remember that denials are not the end of the road. Many applicants go on to successfully appeal their denial and receive the benefits they deserve.

At Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd, our Social Security Disability lawyers have successfully appealed hundreds of denied Social Security Disability claims. We know how important it is to get government benefits as soon as possible. That’s why we will handle the appeal process for you and fight to ensure you get the compensation you need and deserve.

Speak with one of our Social Security Disability attorneys today. Call 866-930-6435 now.

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