If you recently suffered a disabling injury or illness, you may be depending on hoped-for benefits from Social Security. However, did you know that the majority of applicants are denied? If the Social Security Administration turns down your application, you may be able to appeal the SSA’s initial decision. Some of the reasons SSD applicants are denied include:
- Your income is too high — One of the requirements you must meet in order to qualify for SSD benefits is that you are unable to engage in substantial gainful activity. The monthly substantial gainful amount for 2013 is $1,040.
- The SSA cannot find you — You may be surprised to hear that many applicants are denied simply because the SSA cannot find them. If you move and have a Social Security Application on file, you should notify the SSA of your change of address. Additionally, be sure to return any phone calls you receive from the SSA.
- Your disability will not last long enough — In order to qualify for SSD benefits, your disability must last 12 months or be expected to result in your death.
- You are uncooperative — If you do not provide the Social Security Administration with medical records and other requested information, your application may automatically be denied. To increase your chances of receiving benefits, always remain cooperative with the SSA and, if requested, visit their physicians for a medical examination.
These are only a few of the most common reasons applicants are denied. For more information about SSD denials and the appeals process, contact a reputable Oklahoma law firm such as Stipe Law Firm as soon as possible.