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Why Are Social Security Disability Claims Denied?

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You may know someone who is disabled or read about it in the news, but you probably do not think it could happen to you. According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), around one in four adults will be disabled by the time they reach the age of 67. Becoming disabled can be an extremely scary experience, especially if you do not have a financial safety net to rely on. Fortunately, the SSA can provide individuals with that assurance. Each year, millions of disabled Americans apply for Social Security disability benefits, but only about one-third of all applications are approved. Each situation and application is different, but here are a few common reasons why your Social Security disability application may be denied:

You Do Not Meet Basic Eligibility Requirements

Social Security disability benefits are considered to be a public welfare program. This means that you must meet income requirements in order to be a recipient. Part of the definition of being disabled means your earnings are limited and generally not enough to support yourself. According to the SSA, if your earnings are more than $1,260 each month, you generally cannot be considered disabled.

Your Medical Condition Does Not Meet Severity Requirements

You must also meet the SSA’s definition of disabled. To be considered disabled under the SSA, the following must be demonstrated:

  • You cannot perform the work that you did prior to your disability.

  • You are unable to transition to another job because of your medical conditions.

  • Your disability has lasted or is expected to last for at least one year, or it could result in death.

In addition, your condition must also be considered “severe,” meaning it significantly inhibits your ability to do basic work such as standing, walking, lifting, sitting, and remembering.

You Have Failed to Follow Prescribed Treatments

You should not plan to be on Social Security disability forever. The SSA will examine your entire medical case and look at your willingness to comply with treatments that have been prescribed by your doctor. If you are reluctant to follow treatments, the SSA cannot accurately determine whether your condition is severe enough to consider you to be disabled.

Contact a Jefferson County Social Security Disability Lawyer

For many people, receiving Social Security benefits is the only way they can earn income while they are disabled. If you are struggling with a disability, and your Social Security claim was denied, it is imperative that you speak with our skilled Milwaukee County Social Security disability attorneys right away. At the Bucher Law Group, LLC, we are committed to helping you obtain benefits as soon as possible so you can get on with your life. Call our office today at 262-303-4916 to schedule a free consultation.





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