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Why was my Social Security Disability claim denied?

Learning that an application for benefits has been denied can be one of the most demoralizing experiences possible. You may have been feeling that your livelihood depends on the gaining of these benefits. Therefore, receiving the news that the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not believe that you are entitled to them can be very saddening, and you may feel completely defeated.

However, there is always hope. When dealing with an application denial, it is important to remember that many people have their application denied on their first or second attempt. This can be due to missing information or other factors that you can rectify before an appeal. The following are some common reasons why a disability claim can be denied.

Because you earn too much money

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is awarded on a needs basis. This means there is a limit set by the SSA regarding how much an applicant can earn to be eligible for benefits. If you earn too much, your application will be denied.

Because you have not followed the advice of your doctor

If you follow instructions from your medical professional, you could eventually cure or significantly improve your condition. Therefore, if you refuse to get treatment or take a prescription issued by your doctor, you will likely be ineligible for disability benefits.

Because you will be disabled for less than one year

If your medical provider has predicted that you will be disabled for less than one year, this can mean that you will not be eligible for benefits. If your situation changes, you can ask your doctor for a reassessment.

You should make sure that you have addressed the reasons for your application denial before appealing the decision.

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