Three Common Reasons Why Disability Applications Are Denied

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Every person has the legal right to apply for disability benefits; however, a legal right to file doesn't always mean your request will be successful. In fact, an overwhelming number of first-time applicants are actually greeted with a denial. Of this group, there is often a common trend among the primary reasons for the decision. Taking some time familiarize yourself with these common reasons before you submit your application can possibly help you avoid a great deal of stress.    

You Don't Meet The Non-Medical Criteria

Many applicants focus solely on the medical criteria that come along with disability claims. While an important component of the process, there are also non-medical requirements that must be satisfied. The most important guideline to remember within this group is the income, or gainful activity, limitation.

Even if it is not traditional employment, if you participate in any activity where you earn at least $1,130 (non-blind) or $1,820 (blind) a month, you will not qualify. A denial for this reason is considered a technical denial. Not having enough work credit can also lead to this type of outcome.

You Haven't Followed Your Physician's Guidelines

When your physician prescribes a course of treatment for you, don't think of this as a suggestion when it comes to disability. These guidelines are the rule of the land and, if you fail to adhere completely, you could face a denial. Although disability can be a long-term or permanent solution, the overall goal for most people is to temporarily rely on this assistance.

In order for this to occur, you need to eventually get better. If your own behaviors aren't working in this direction, your unwillingness to help yourself could backfire. Missing appointments and not taking medication are just a couple of the behaviors to avoid.

Your Condition Is Short-Lived

Some people are confused when they are faced with an actual disability that has been medically proven, but their application is still denied. In these instances, it's often that the disability isn't projected to last long enough. In order to receive benefits, your condition must be expected to last at least one year.

If it isn't going to last this long, you generally are not entitled to benefits. It's important to note that if the initial assessment of your condition stated that it would last less than a year, but new developments have lengthened its impact, you can reapply.

Although you cannot change your circumstances, knowing some of the common reasons for denials can help you better prepare. If your application keeps getting denied, and you are unsure why, talk to a disability attorney for assistance.


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