Why May My Social Security Disability Claim Be Denied?

Social Security Disability payments can be very helpful, especially in times of financial stress like what we are going through now. These payments are for people who have disabilities that keep them from working. Not everyone gets approved for social security disability and it’s important to understand why. Keep reading this week’s blog to learn why your social security disability claim may be denied. Have questions? Contact our social security disability lawyers at the Lake of the Ozarks at 573-346-9990. 

Why May My Social Security Disability Claim Be Denied?

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself that can help you determine why your claim may have been denied.

Did you refuse to send in your medical records?
Plain and simple, you must send in your medical records to be considered for Social Security Disability benefits. If you refuse to send those in, then you are likely to be denied.

Are you already earning too much at work to be approved?
When getting Social Security Disability benefits, you typically are required not to work over a certain amount of hours, if you are in a situation where you can keep a part-time job. If you work over the allotted hours limit you are considered to be engaging in “substantial gainful activity” (SGA).  In 2018, the limit for earned income from working for nonblind people receiving SSD benefits is $1180 a month.

Is your disability only temporary?
Temporary medical conditions can be denied for Social Security Disability. For example, if you had a:

  • Hand sprain
  • Arm sprain
  • Broken wrist
  • Leg sprain
  • Leg surgery
  • Broken ankle

…these could be considered temporary conditions and your SSD claim may be denied.

Are you taking your prescriptions?
A healthcare professional can’t actually determine if your condition keeps you from working if you don’t follow your treatment plan. For this reason, you could be denied.

Was your disability caused by drugs or alcohol?
Alcoholism or Drug Addiction can be stopped. In the case that someone no longer did drugs or abused alcohol, they could be able to do their jobs ok. This is what the Social Security Administration has to consider when judging a claim like this.

Have Any Questions About Social Security Disability?

We understand that these are trying times and it’s important to understand how social security disability works before trying to apply for it. Our Missouri Social Security Disability lawyers are here for you! To learn more about social security disability and to get your application in, please call Deputy and Mizell today. We can be reached at our Camdenton office listed below. You can also stay up to date on our latest announcements by following us on our social media channels listed below. We hope that you found this blog enlightening and again if you have any questions, we are here to take your phone calls.


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