7 Common Challenges in Obtaining Social Security Disability Benefits

When you seek Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), you are likely facing a great deal of anxiety, and a denial of your claim can only worsen your condition. The SSDI program is intended to help people who have a permanent or temporary disability and cannot work. It is vital to understand the common challenges in obtaining Social Security Disability benefits as you begin the process, so you can avoid issues within your control that may result in a denied claim.

The following reasons for a SSDI denial are the challenges most individuals face.

  1. Not following doctors’ orders. If your doctor prescribes therapy, it is vital that you obey the doctor’s orders, unless you have a valid excuse not to do so.
  2. Failure to cooperate. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will request your medical records to decide your eligibility for SSDI. If you refuse their request, you will most likely be denied. They may also ask you to see an SSA doctor if your medical records are incomplete or if they require additional information. You must comply to receive your benefits.
  3. Moving. You must always notify the SSA of any change of address or phone number. They must be able to get in touch with you or your legal representative at all times to communicate about your claim and schedule examinations.
  4. Failure to prove you cannot work. Depending on your disability and your occupation, proving that you can’t work may be difficult. Hiring an attorney is an asset if you find yourself in this situation.
  5. Filing a new claim. If you believe your claim was unfairly denied, you must go through the appeals process to seek SSDI. Many individuals attempt to file a new claim instead and get denied immediately when the reviewer sees that they applied before.
  6. Severity of disability. You must show that your injury or disability is severe enough that you won’t be able to work for at least a year. If the SSA doesn’t believe that you won’t be able to work for at least 12 months, you may be denied.
  7. Your income. You are permitted to earn a small amount of income when you apply for SSDI. If your earnings are over the limit, however, they may deny your claim.

If you seek SSDI and your claim is denied, or you believe that it may be denied, you should contact a trusted social security disability lawyer immediately. Contact Gallon, Takacs & Boissoneault at (419) 843-6663 or visit our website to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced SSD attorneys.