The Social Security Administration (SSA) receives countless applications from individuals requesting disability benefits each year. Of those that they receive, though, as little as one-third of claims are accepted. When appealed, an even higher percentage are rejected, even in cases where evidence of a permanent disability is clear.
There are many reasons that these claims are rejected. One of perhaps the most common reasons is because the applicant earns too much to qualify.
In order to determine whether this is the case, the SSA reviewer will compare the amount that you make at your job to the substantial gainful activity benchmarks that they’ve designated. If your income exceeds that, then, for their purposes, you wouldn’t be able to be labeled as disabled thus requiring their financial assistance.
Another reason that the SSA may deny your disability claim is that your disability was caused by either drug or alcohol use.
They may also do the same if there’s evidence that shows that you failed to follow doctor’s orders such as taking the medication prescribed or undergoing therapies that were recommended. If you can prove that your failure to do so was caused by a lack of affordability, a mental illness that causes you to forgot or not follow through or some other nonmedical reason, then this should be made clear on appeal.
If your disability is expected to last less than a year, then your application for disability benefits may be denied. The same logic applies if the SSA attempts to reach you and cannot do so or if you fail to produce enough records substantiating the severity of your disability.
Wait periods for disability payments can take months on the first attempt and even years to resolve on appeal. One of the great benefits to having an experienced Trenton SSDI attorney review your claim is that it will receive the necessary oversight from the start. This will give it a better chance of getting approved the first time around as opposed to multiple appeals or not at all.