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Learn the top reasons for SSDI denials.

Top Three Reasons for SSDI Denials

Law Offices of Jeff Martin Sept. 26, 2023

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is a significant safety net for people who can no longer work due to a disability. While the program is designed to provide financial support to those in need, not all SSDI claims are approved. 

A significant number of applications are rejected for various reasons. Understanding these reasons is crucial for anyone considering applying for SSDI benefits. In this blog, we'll explore the top reasons for SSDI denials and provide insights into how to increase your chances of a successful application.

1. Insufficient Medical Evidence

One of the most common reasons for SSDI denials is a lack of proper medical evidence. It is important to provide comprehensive medical documentation that supports the severity and extent of your disability to qualify for SSDI benefits. Insufficient medical records, failure to comply with prescribed treatments, or inadequate documentation from healthcare professionals can lead to a claim denial. 

2. Earning Too Much Income

Earning above a certain threshold can result in an SSDI claim denial. The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) as a guideline to determine whether an individual is capable of substantial work.

If your earnings and assets exceed the SGA limit, your claim may be denied based on the assumption that you can support yourself financially. We will discuss ways to navigate this issue, such as understanding the SGA limit, considering part-time work, and exploring the Ticket to Work program.

3. Prior Denials of Your Application

When faced with a claim denial letter, it's essential to approach the situation strategically. Some applicants mistakenly believe submitting a new application after a denial is the best course. However, this approach can often result in a second denial. The SSA might only reject a second application upon discovering the applicant's history of a previous rejection.

Instead, if your initial claim has been denied, it is crucial to take the appropriate steps and file an appeal. This will allow you to work with your existing case record. You can provide additional medical evidence, doctor statements, and updated information to bolster your claim. This approach saves time and ensures that you are building upon the foundation of your initial application.

Call an SSDI Lawyer!

If you struggle with the SSDI claim process, contact the Law Offices of Jeff Martin's Social Security Disability attorneys in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We understand the complexities of the SSDI application process and are here to assist you in navigating through it. 

Don't take this challenging journey alone. Visit our law firm in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a complimentary consultation!