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Understanding Why Your Claim Was Denied and What You Can Do to Try Again


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4/20/2015
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When you’re depending on disability benefits to pay bills and put food on the table, the most disheartening thing you can get in the mail is a rejection letter from the SSA. Reading “Your claim has been denied,” can cause just as much pain as your injury. To add to the frustration, most denial letters are extremely confusing as to why your application was rejected and fail to give you alternative options.

Although your letter may try to explain the denial by containing phrases like “non-severe”, “does not meet impairment listings,” or “sufficient work ability,” it doesn’t truly explain the issue. This is why it’s important to understand why disability applications can be denied, as well as know where to turn to get help for an appeal. The most common reasons for disability denials are when the SSA believes that:

  • You make too much money (even with your disability) to qualify for financial aid.
  • Your disability won’t last long enough, or hasn’t lasted long enough (12 month minimum) to be eligible for financial assistance.
  • You were unable to be reached to verify claim information.
  • You have refused to cooperate or denied the release of necessary documentation for SSA verification.
  • You have refused treatment or failed to follow your doctor’s recommendations for care.
  • Your disability was caused by drug, alcohol, or self-inflicted abuse.
  • You have been convicted of a crime or felony.
  • You have lied or committed fraud on your application.

Hope After Denial

Depending on the reason for your disability denial, you may still be able to qualify for benefits. If you have already applied for disability but have received a rejection letter, contact us today. We’ll be able to better explain why your claim was denied, as well as educate you on your future options. Although it is always better to seek legal counsel before applying, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get the help and resources you need after you’re denied.

Come see us at our Speen Street office in Framingham, or call to make an appointment today. The consultation is free, but the advice and support we’ll give you could help save your claim. Don’t waste any more precious time. Call now!  

Interested in more information on your disability rights? Please feel free to download our free guide on understanding disability claims: Five Most Frequently Asked Questions about Social Security Disability. You’ll not only learn more about your rights and claim options, but you’ll also see how our knowledge and experience can help you get the justice you deserve.



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