Common Reasons for Social Security Disability Denials

Sep 26, 2014 | Social Security, Social Security Disability Insurance

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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 Newlin Disability, 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.

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If you’re navigating the complexities of Social Security disability claims, Newlin Disability is here to provide expert guidance and support. Reach out to our experienced team today, and let us help you understand your options, streamline the application process, and maximize your chances of receiving the benefits you deserve.