For Americans living with a long-term disability who are unable to hold full-time employment, disability benefits from the Social Security Administration are often a safety net. But it can be very difficult to be approved for disability benefits; in fact, approximately 70% of initial disability claims are denied by the Social Security Administration. If you understand why claims are denied it can increase the chances of your claim approved. Some common reasons disability claims are denied include:
The Social Security Administration Can't Get In Touch With You
Qualifying for disability benefits involves more than just filling out an application and mailing it in. The Social Security Administration (SSA) often needs to get in touch with claimants to ask additional questions, gather more details, or schedule a medical exam. If the SSA is unable to reach you, there is a good chance that your claim will be denied. One way to avoid communication problems with the SSA is by working with a lawyer and appointing him or her as your representative.
You Don't Cooperate During the Disability Claim Process
Getting approved for disability benefits can be a long, drawn-out process, and if you want to increase your chances of your claim being approved it is important to cooperate with each step. Be prepared to submit all of your medical records, and take the initiative to follow up and ensure that the records were received by the SSA. You may also be asked to have one or several examinations done by a doctor appointed by the SSA. Make sure that you show up for every appointment.
You're Not Following Treatment Prescribed by Your Doctor
If you are receiving medical treatment for the condition causing your disability, it is important to closely follow your doctor's treatment plan. Failure to take prescribed medication, continue with physical or mental therapy sessions, visit your doctor regularly, or have a surgery that is highly recommended for your type of condition can result in your disability claim being denied.
Your Disability is Caused or Complicated by Alcohol or Drug Use
Long-term or acute use of drugs or alcohol can cause a number of serious health conditions that may inhibit a person from being able to hold a job. But if your medical records and medical exams indicate that your condition is caused by or complicated by drugs or alcohol, the SSA will most likely deny your claim for disability benefits.
If you want more information or need help with you claim, consider contacting an attorney like those at the Law Offices Of Russell J. Goldsmith.