Why You May Be Denied Social Security Disability BenefitsBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on December 3, 2014 | In Social Security Disability
It is a common misconception that most people who need and qualify for Social Security disability benefits are able to receive them. In truth, many people who should qualify are denied the support they so desperately need. If you are in the process of filing for Social Security disability benefits, it is important to know why so many claims are denied so that you can avoid the mistakes that so many others make.
One of the reasons why your benefits may be denied is that you make too much income. If you are working and earning a certain amount of money, you may not qualify as disabled. You can work a small amount while applying for social security disability insurance (SSDI), but if you earn more than $1,070 per month in the year 2014, you will not qualify. If you are applying for social security income (SSI), there is a limit of about $1,500 per month. If you earn above that, your SSI payment will be reduced.
Another reason why your benefits may be denied is that your disability is not considered severe enough. The Social Security Administration (SSA) must believe that your impairment is so significant that you will not be able to work at full capacity for at least 12 months. It is for this reason that many claims involving bone fractures are denied because it is assumed that your condition will improve within the year.
If you don’t earn too much and your impairments are severe enough, you may still have your claim denied if the SSA is unable to work with you. It is crucial that you are available to answer questions throughout the claim process. If you are not in touch with the SSA, or if you refuse to provide the information the SSA requests from you, your claim may be denied.
Understanding these reasons why your claim may be denied is just the first step. It is advisable to seek the guidance of an experienced Van Nuys social security disability lawyer throughout the claim process to ensure that your rights and best interests are protected.