It’s no secret. Many first-time applicants for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits are denied. Knowing why an application may be denied is an important first step in getting the benefits you deserve.
#1: Disability is Due to Drug Addiction or Alcoholism.
It may be possible to qualify for a disability caused by drug addiction. The Social Security Administration will review your medical records and other supporting document to see if your disability was caused by addiction. For example, long-term addiction may cause brain damage, liver damage, and mental illness that could prevent someone from working.
The SSA will consider whether they would still find you disabled if you discontinued your drug or alcohol use. Drug addiction and alcoholism by themselves may not be considered disabling, but the conditions caused by addiction might.
#2: The Disability is Related to Crime.
It is unlikely that all claims for disability will be denied if the applicant has continued a crime. However, a criminal background may present obstacles to receiving or continuing to receive SSDI.
In general, though, you may be denied SSDI if any of the following are true:
- You were injured while committing a felony and were convicted of that felony.
- Your disability occurred due to an injury suffered while in prison.
- You are in prison because of a felony conviction.
Still, it may be worth applying for Social Security Disability Benefits as a criminal record may not be an automatic denial of benefits.
#3: The SSA Cannot Find you.
This one is easy: if you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits, give accurate contact information. If you move, notify the Social Security Administration.
#4: Failure to Cooperate
The Social Security Administration may seem nosy. After all, they ask a lot of questions and want to see a lot of your private records. However, SSA caseworkers cannot make a decision on your application if you fail to provide the write information or answer their questions.
Stay in touch with the SSA. If you have to miss a meeting or interview, check in and reschedule. Most of all, keep your contact information current.
#5: Paperwork Troubles
Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance involves applications and lots of other paperwork.
Your benefits may be denied or delayed if you:
- file an incomplete or inaccurate application,
- fail to provide the right supporting documents.
Filing accurate paperwork is not a guarantee that you will receive SSDI. However, filing incomplete or inaccurate papers is likely to lead to a denial.
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