Been Turned Down For Social Security? 4 Common Reasons It Might Have Happened

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You've applied for social security disability benefits and you keep getting denied. It's nothing personal. In fact, about 70% of the applicants get denied for benefits the first time they apply. Here are a few of the reasons why your application may be denied.

Too Much Income

When determining your application for benefits, the social security administration looks at your income. If you are making too much money when you apply, your application will be denied. If you're disabled, you should reduce the amount of hours you work before you apply for benefits. This will ensure that you aren't denied due to your income.

Severity of Disability

If you're not going to be disabled for more than a year, or your disability isn't considered severe enough, your application may be denied. Your application will include information that you and your physician will provide. When you fill out your application, it's important that you include as much detail as possible – especially in regards to how your disability affects your daily life.

It's also important that you thoroughly discuss your disability with your physician. Keep your doctor informed about increased pain, physical limitations and how your disability is preventing you from carrying out your day-to-day activities. The more information you provide, the easier it will be for your doctor to document the true severity of your disability.

They Can't Find You

If the social security administration can't find you, they won't be able to process your application. If you've moved or changed your phone number, you may be missing appointments that you're not aware of. As soon as you move, it's important that you notify your social security worker. Even if you've filed a change of address with the post office, you should still contact the social security administration directly.

You Haven't Followed Medical Advice

When you apply for benefits, the social security administration will obtain your medical records. If you haven't been following medical advice, you may have your application denied. If your doctors order tests or recommend medical procedures, it's important that you follow those recommendations. Failure to do so may jeopardize your chances of receiving the benefits you need.

If you're disabled – and that disability is expected to last longer than a year – you may be entitled to social security benefits. If your application for benefits has been denied, don't give up. You need to sit down with a social security attorney, such as Horn & Kelley, PC Attorneys at Law. They may be able to help you receive the benefits you're entitled to.