If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, injury or illness, you may qualify for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. These benefits are important for your own care and the support of your South Dakota family. If you need these benefits, it can be devastating to learn your claim came back denied.
Unfortunately, it is common for initial disability claims to come back denied. This is a setback, and it is frustrating, but it is not the end of the road. Instead of giving up, it can help to understand why the SSA denied your claim and how you can move forward with the next step. Through a reconsideration of your claim or an appeal, you may be able to secure the benefits you need.
Reasons for a denial
There are many reasons why the SSA would deny a claim. Sometimes, this is the result of a lack of documentation or inconclusive evidence. Some of the most common reasons for a denied claim include the following:
- You may make too much money.
- There is no evidence your condition will last for at least one year.
- It is not clear if you complied with the doctor's orders about your medical care.
- You did not include enough medical records or documentation.
- The SSA has not been able to contact you about your claim.
- It is possible your disability is the result of drug or alcohol abuse.
When you understand why your claim came back denied, you can work to rectify the problem, include the right evidence and work on an appeal. It is not easy to navigate the process of seeking an appeal or reconsideration, and it's smart to seek help as you take the next step.
You don't have to fight alone
If you need to appeal or seek a reconsideration of your disability claim, this is not something you have to do alone. It is smart to seek the guidance of an attorney who experienced in the Social Security disability claims process and who can help you navigate the challenges ahead.
When you need financial support because of a disabling condition, the stakes are high for you and your family. This is why many applicants find it beneficial to seek guidance from the initial stages of their application all the way through the appeals process.