Why Disability Claims Get Denied

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Millions of Americans apply for Social Security Disability benefits each year. Of this number, only 30% tend to be approved at the initial level. The application process requires extensive documentation that proves without a doubt that you are not able to work in any capacity. There are a few common reasons why disability claims get denied that you should consider before applying.

Lack of Medical Evidence

You have to be able to prove without a doubt that you are unable to work due to your condition. This relies on medical evidence that specifically highlights how your issue impacts your ability to work. Your best chance of success comes from discussing your condition with your primary health care provider, focusing on how it interferes with your ability to work. Other evidence such as doctors’ notes that specifically excuse you from work, or states you need modifications due to your condition can help. 

Denials in the Past

Most individuals applying for disability will be denied their first time. Some feel that starting a new claim is their best option. However, this could be a cause for another denial. It is better to go through the appeal process versus starting a new claim. 

Failure to Follow Treatment

For many conditions, your doctor will prescribe a treatment plan to help improve your condition. If you can’t demonstrate you tried the treatment options, you could be denied. To successfully get approval, you have to show that your condition prevents you from working. If treatment could have been successful, but you didn’t try it, you’ll likely be denied. 

Let Us Help 

Proving your need for social security disability can be difficult. There is a lot of red tape that you have to navigate through. The professionals at Shlesinger and deVilleneuve can help. We can help those looking to file their initial claim or need assistance through the appeal process. Contact us for more information. 


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