If you have a medical condition that prevents you from working, you have probably applied for disability benefits. Two common benefits are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), both managed by the Social Security Administration (SSA). Sometimes, the SSA rejects a claim, leaving you wondering why your SSDI claim was denied.
Types of Denials
When you receive the letter denying your request for benefits, read it carefully because it should explain why your claim was rejected. Your next steps usually depend on why your SSDI claim was denied. Here are some of the most common reasons for the denial of a disability claim.
Applicant Failed to Respond
SSA staff may request additional information to help them make their decision on your disability claim. If you refuse to cooperate – or if they can’t even find you – your claim may be denied or at least delayed.
If you receive a request for more information, talk to your disability lawyer immediately. Your successful benefit claim may depend on it.
Also, make sure you keep the SSA up to date on how to contact you. Provide new addresses and phone numbers as soon as possible.
The Reason for the Applicant’s Disability
Disability claims might be derailed because of the applicant’s drug or alcohol use. However, the SSA will try to determine whether your addiction or alcoholism caused or contributed to your disabling condition before your SSDI claim is denied. If there’s no connection, the SSA may still award SSDI and/or SSI benefits. Also, other factors are considered including your age and whether you are blind. If you are afraid to apply because of drug or alcohol use, talk to an experienced disability attorney instead of just giving up.
Disabilities May Be Crime-Related
The SSA may deny disability benefits because a disability arose from criminal activity. Also, claims may be rejected because the applicant is currently in prison because of a felony conviction. However, if you are unable to work because of a medical condition, talk to an attorney who can analyze the facts of your claim.
So, Your SSDI Claim Was Denied. What Now?
As soon as possible, talk to your disability attorney. You may be able to ask for a review of the SSA’s decision.
You may be worried that you cannot afford a disability attorney. However, federal law limits attorney’s fees for Social Security Disability claims. Federal law also requires that your attorney take your case under a contingency agreement, which means your attorney cannot charge you unless you receive SSDI benefits.
At The Law Offices of Martin Taller, your case receives the attention and care of experienced Social Security Disability attorneys. For your free consultation, call us at 714-385-8100. We are located in Anaheim, but we assist clients throughout Southern California.