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3 common reasons why SSD claims end in denial

Oct 28, 2022 | Social Security Disability

Millions of eligible Americans apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits each year. Out of these, approximately, 60% of the applications end in denial for a variety of reasons. If your claim is denied by the SSA, you might want to know what went wrong.

The reasons for SSD benefits’ denial vary from case to case. That said, understanding the specific reasons that lead to your claim’s denial can help you build a strong appeal and receive the benefits you deserve. The following are three common reasons why the SSA might deny your disability claims:

Inadequate evidence

Your Social Security Disability claim will be denied if you do not have substantial evidence to support your claim. For starters, you must have a disabling condition that prevents you from working in your current role or engaging in substantially gainful activity. Additionally, your condition must meet the following criteria:

  • It must have lasted, or should be expected to last, for 12 months or more
  • It must be terminal

To succeed in your claim, you must support your claim with adequate evidence. And this is where your medical records that prove that your disability has hindered your ability to work come in.

A prior denial

Most people buy the misconception that submitting a new claim is far better than appealing a denial. However, this is never the case. Sometimes, your claim can be denied if the SSA examiner who is reviewing it notices that your prior claim was denied.

If your SSD claim was previously denied, you are better off submitting an appeal rather than filing a fresh claim.

Failing to follow through with your doctor’s treatment plan

The SSA will deny your claim if you do not follow through with your doctor’s treatment plan. The reason for this is simple – the SSA will have a hard time determining whether or not your condition is actually preventing you from working.

SSD benefits can be an important lifeline when you are no longer able to work due to a disabling condition. Knowing your legal options and obligations can help you avoid costly mistakes that can lead to your claims’ denial.


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