Why does the Social Security Administration reject disability claims?

People who are applying for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration should not automatically infer that receiving a denial letter means that they do not have a valid claim. Appealing a determination of ineligibility can result in a favorable outcome for applicants.

Successfully challenging a rejection requires a careful analysis of your claim’s deficiencies. In some instances, a denial may state on its face why a claims examiner did not approve an application. Here are some of the most common reasons why applicants who are eligible for benefits do not receive them after first filing for social security disability income.

Incomplete medical information

A person’s medical records may be the most vital element of a successful application. If records do not fully relay how a condition affects someone’s ability to carry out everyday activities or perform occupational functions, a claims examiner may not have enough information to award benefits.

Discrepancies in accounts of a disabling event

It can be problematic if there are inconsistencies between an applicant’s description of how an injury took place and other records which document the circumstances which lead to the injury such as an incident report or physician’s note. Of course, discrepancies may be the product of oversight or mere inaccuracy.

Many people who do not get a favorable decision when they file for SSDI are able to prevail on appeal. Preparing thorough evidentiary support for a claim will help claimants demonstrate their eligibility to SSA and get the benefits that they need.


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