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Common reasons for why disability benefits get denied

While we focus a number of our post to auto accident victims, we also handle a number of Social Security disability petitions. Obtaining disability benefits is not an easy thing to do with today’s government bureaucracy. It is true that more than 60 percent of initial petitions are denied. This can be very frustrating to those with genuine illnesses and mental health concerns. Even more frustrating, a number of petitions are denied on reconsideration before they are seen by an administrative law judge.

Despite these difficulties, it is important to know why your claim has been denied. This post will highlight some possible reasons. 

Your disability may not last for more than one year – One of the basic requirements for being eligible for disability benefits is that your ailment or injury must have you disabled for at least 12 months. Indeed, paralysis or blindness is pretty straightforward, but those suffering from depression, anxiety or PTSD may have some difficulty meeting this requirement.

The basis of your disability is improper – If your disability is based only on an addiction to alcohol or illegal and illicit drugs, chances are that your petition may be denied because addiction claims are viewed as continuing health conditions, not disabilities.

You earn too much money under the guidelines– If you are able to work, even part time, it is possible that your wages may put you over the substantial gainful activity level (SGA) based on your Social Security contributions. If your regular wages are more than this, the SSA may determine that you do not need financial assistance.

Ultimately, it may be worth having an attorney to review your situation before you file your petition. 

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