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Why are Social Security denials common?

Dec 09, 2021

The Social Security Administration accepts applications for disability for those people who earn enough through the years to pay into the system. However, the application does not mean automatic approval of disability payments and denials commonly occur.

The reasons behind a rejection for assistance vary, but some occur more often. With so many terms and conditions required of the application, missteps happen. Discover a few of the common issues that result in a denial of Social Security benefits.

Insufficient medical evidence

To qualify for disability, an applicant must furnish proof of an accepted medical condition. This requires extensive medical evidence and detailed charting. Some denials occur because the medical records do not contain the type of detail the administration demands. Other rejections happen when there is insufficient proof that the condition renders the applicant unfit for work.

Income guidelines not met

The guidelines for Social Security payments include an income contingency. Some applicants may make too much money to qualify for social security, even if they fall ill or get hurt. Other times, an applicant may not have paid enough into the system to warrant a withdrawal.

Treatment plan not followed

Medical records include treatment plans as the doctors recommend. If a disability results because an applicant did not follow a reasonable course of treatment, then Social Security may not approve payments. Since it is possible that the condition may have improved had the applicant pursued the prescribed course of treatment, the administration may not see it fit to dispense disability money.

Denial of Social Security benefits does not mean an applicant may never receive relief. A resubmission of the application package or an appeal may end in a positive outcome.

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