Having your disability application get denied can be heartbreaking. After months of gathering evidence, talking with your local office and anxiously waiting to hear back, getting that dreaded rejection letter can feel defeating.
However, it’s not uncommon for the Social Security Administration to deny a person’s disability claims. According to recent data, more than half of disability applicants get rejected.
While reasons behind your denial may vary, there are some common themes behind a dismissed application.
Reasons your claims got denied
These are some of the most common:
- You lack hard medical evidence: To qualify for disability benefits, you have to prove that your condition prevents you from working. However, displaying medical records that only show your injury may not be enough. To have a successful claim, you must show that your impairment directly prevents you from carrying out the functions of your job.
- You don’t follow through with doctor requests: In most cases, your doctor will give you options or feedback to help you cope with your physical or mental ailments. If your doctor gives you specific instructions, you must follow through with them. Otherwise, it can be hard for the SSA to determine whether your condition is treatable or not.
- You had previous claim denials: Some people think filing an entirely new claim is more effective than appealing a rejected one. However, this may hurt you more than it helps you. That's because if the person reviewing your claim sees you've gotten denied before, they may reject your application again.
You can appeal your rejection
While 70% of disability claims get rejected, that does not mean all hope is lost for those seeking disability support. Luckily, the SSA offers an extensive appeals process that gives applicants a fighting chance. Depending on your circumstances, new developments regarding your condition may have come to light before you initially filed. If that’s the case, it could significantly strengthen your claim.