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I’m preparing my application for SSDI in Massachusetts, but am worried I will be denied. What are the top reasons for denials that I should know about so I can avoid getting turned down?


Sending in your application for Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) in Massachusetts is a scary thing. You’ve done your best to show how much you need these benefits, and now it’s out of your hands. While you wait the months it takes for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make its decision, you can’t help but wonder if you did everything within your power to win approval.

Why Massachusetts SSDI Applications Get Denied

One of the best ways to sleep a little easier at night while the SSA processes your application is to consider the common reasons for denial before you submit your paperwork. By having the top reasons people are denied in the back of your mind, you minimize the risk of making a crucial mistake when filling out your paperwork.

Here are some of the most common reasons for denial to keep in mind:

  • Do you make too much money? If you make more than $1,070 per month, you might be denied SSDI. If you’re applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you must not make over $1,500. It’s also important to note that if you make over $740 per month, you could have your benefits reduced.
  • How long have you been disabled and how long is your disability expected to last? Your disability must last at least twelve months in order to be approved.
  • How well have you followed treatment plans? You must show the SSA that you have done everything asked of you to treat your disability. Not following a treatment plan will likely get you denied.

This is just the start of the reasons why the SSA could deny you benefits. To maximize your chances at being approved, make sure you submit as much medical evidence as possible that shows why you are disabled, what you’ve done to treat your disability, and how long your disability is expected to last.

If you do get denied, there is hope. Check out other articles on this website for more information on what to do if you are turned down for SSDI in Massachusetts.

John L. Keefe
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