Written by Anna M. Campbell


There are several common reasons why people get denied Social Security Disability benefits by the Social Security Administration, and getting the benefits you deserve can be challenging sometimes.  One such reason is when the SSA doesn’t believe a person’s condition will last more than twelve months.  The idea is that these benefits are meant for people who have severe injuries or conditions that will last longer than twelve months, versus a shorter term, where the person will recover faster.  However, the SSA may interpret a person’s condition incorrectly when it is not provided with the proper medical documentation and proof to determine how long a person’s condition will last.  To go along with this, it is important to give the SSA access to your medical records so that they may accurately access the nature and seriousness of your medical conditions.  Therefore, you should give the SSA specific permission to review your private medical records to validate your disability.


Another reason for denial is if an individual makes too much money.  Social Security Disability benefits are intended to help individuals who are not engaging in "substantial gainful employment." If you are not blind, and if you made more than $1,070 per month in 2014, Social Security would determine that you are engaging in substantial gainful employment, and your benefits would be denied (or terminated, if you are already receiving benefits). 


If you refuse the medical treatments your doctors are recommending, you may also be denied benefits.  The SSA wants a disabled individual to recover from their illness as much as they possibly can, and this means following the treatments the physician has prescribed.  There can be some exceptions to this, such as having a genuine fear of the prescribed treatment (i.e. surgery) or getting differing medical opinions from doctors regarding the course of treatment.  Individuals who have developed their disability or injury as a result of an addiction problem will most likely not be eligible to receive benefits either.  Lastly, if you lie about your condition to fraudulently try to obtain these benefits, they will, of course, be denied.  Keep all these things in mind to make sure you get all the benefits to which you are entitled.


There are many other reasons that SSA may deny your benefits, but these are just a few obvious ones.

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