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Top 4 Reasons Why Your Social Security Disability Claim May be Denied

| Aug 10, 2016 | Appealing Unfavorable Decision, Substantial Gainful Activity

You might believe that your disability is severe, and meets the Social Security Administration’s criteria for claims approval. However, many Social Security disability claims are denied every year because of one of the following factors.


In 2016, the Substantial Gainful Activity limit is $1,130 per month. That means that if you earn an income that is above this limit, you may not qualify for Social Security disability benefits. Several income sources may be included in this calculation. To understand whether your earnings are within this limit, speak to a Social Security disability benefits lawyer.

Duration of disability

SSA requires that your condition or disability have lasted for at least 12 months, or be expected to last for at least 12 months for your claim to be approved. If the agency has reason to believe that your disability will end before the 12-month time period is up, it may deny your claim.

Failure to Provide Adequate Evidence

The success of your claim depends on the types of evidence that you provide, especially the types of medical records that you can provide in support of your claim.  Failure to provide detailed medical records, especially when you’re asked to do so by the Social Security Administration, could lead to your claim being denied. In some cases, SSA will require that you agree to a consultative examination by an agency doctor.  Failure to attend the exam could spell trouble for your claim.

Failure to Undergo Treatment

If you have been prescribed treatment for your condition, and have failed to consistently and regularly follow up with the treatment program or therapy, SSA may determine that your disability is not serious enough to warrant benefits.

To understand the chances of your claim being approved, call our office and speak with an experienced SSDI lawyer.