Millions of Americans will file for SSDI benefits every year, and the SSA will deny most of them after reviewing their applications. However, a determination of ineligibility does not necessarily mean that a person is ineligible for benefits.
Many claimants can successfully appeal an SSDI determination, so you should not automatically give up if your application does not go through. Here are some common reasons why the SSA denies claims that you may be able to challenge.
In some cases, the SSA does not have enough substantive information from medical providers to approve a claim. Getting thorough documentation from your providers could make a big difference in an appeal.
Deficiencies or negative remarks in your medical records
If your medical records indicate that you failed to follow a treatment regimen or stay engaged with your providers, a claims examiner could determine that you are not taking the proper steps to care for your condition. Consistency with your care will help to demonstrate that you are doing all that you can to mitigate your disability.
The SSA may deny a claim because an applicant’s income exceeds the maximum threshold. If you have experienced a change in income or you believe that an examiner did not calculate your income correctly, you may be able to show that your income is within the applicable requirements.
Ultimately, you should get some information about the SSDI appeals process before you stop pursuing benefits. An unsuccessful application may weaken your claim if you reapply in the future, so it is important to file an appeal if you have adequate grounds.