There are millions of Americans who are unable to work due to a disabling injury or illness, yet only some will receive Social Security Disability benefits—a program established to provide a resource of income for disabled American citizens. In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports as many as 60 percent of initial claims will receive a Social Security Disability denial.
This leaves many wondering what some of the most common reasons for a Social Security Disability denial are. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Earning Too Much Income– The SSA says you cannot earn more than what is considered “substantial gainful activity”. For the non-blind, this limit is $1,070 per month.
- Suffering from a short-term condition– In order to receive disability benefits, your condition must be expected to last longer than one year.
- You haven’t worked long enough– Much like retirement benefits; disability benefits are earned by the amount of money you earned and time you have worked. If you haven’t put in enough time, you will be denied benefits
- Your condition was caused by a drug addiction– If alcoholism or an addiction to an illicit substance was a contributing factor to your condition, you will likely be denied access to disability benefits.
- You fail to cooperate– Actions like failing to release confidential medical records or not following doctor’s orders for treatment can also lead to a denial.
- You’ve been convicted of a crime– Certain stipulations regulate who can be awarded benefits if criminal activity is involved.
The best way to determine if your condition will qualify for benefits is to speak with a Social Security Disability attorney. At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, our legal staff is standing by to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your case. Call us today at (800) 477-7315 to learn more about how we can help you.