Common Causes of Social Security Denial

January 9, 2017

SSD Denial
Some of the Reasons You Might Receive a Denial For Social Security Disability (SSDI)

In the United States, disabled individuals who cannot work are eligible to receive financial assistance in the form of Social Security disability benefits (SSDI). However, applying for and receiving these benefits is often a difficult process, and many claims are initially denied. This can be extremely frustrating, particularly for those who are in desperate need of immediate financial help. For this reason, it is important to be aware of the most common causes of denial in order to avoid making the same mistakes.

Common Reasons for Denial of SSD Benefits

The following are some of the most common causes of denial of SSDI benefits:

  • Incomplete or inaccurate information in the application
  • Failure to provide the necessary paperwork in a timely manner
  • Poorly organized or incomplete medical records
  • Medical records which do not reflect a disability
  • Complete lack of medical records
  • Working and/or receiving regular income
  • Refusing to comply with disability treatment obligations

Proper Representation Makes a Difference

While no attorney can make a case for someone who is not disabled or does not have proof of a disability, many of the other listed problems that cause denial for SSD can be resolved with the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer. A competent attorney will review your medical records and make certain that you qualify for disability. They will also organize your records and your forms to make certain that the agent reviewing your application understands the extent of your situation, improving your chances to receive benefits on your initial effort. Next, if you should be denied, as most people are during the paper application stage, your attorney will handle your appeal, making sure to keep updating your file and to address the issues that cause denials of claims.

Experienced, Compassionate Lawyers

Whether you need help with your paper application or have already received a denial, the Social Security Disability attorneys at Lowenthal & Abrams are here to help. There is no fee unless we obtain or protect your benefits, and the consultation is free.


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