social security disability application

If you were denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you’re not alone. The majority of applications are denied the first time, in fact. There’s good news, though: the majority of cases denied can be appealed, but in order to have a successful appeal, you must first understand the reason your SSDI claim was denied. 

Lack of Medical Evidence

One of the most common causes for SSDI claim denials is a lack of medical evidence. When you apply for SSDI benefits, you must submit official documentation about your impairment and its severity. The evidence should prove that your disability affects your ability to work, including symptoms that prevent you from taking part in substantial gainful activity. It’s important to be thorough, but too much information can also negatively affect your chances at being approved for benefits. For example, if the SSA finds inconsistent or conflicting information in your records, you may be denied. A disability attorney can help you gather the correct evidence that wins cases, such as hospital records, test results, and other relevant documents to help you prove your case. 

Too Much Income/Resources

Often, individuals with disabilities are still able to work part-time or do freelance work. While having an income and other resources is possible while receiving SSDI, the Social Security Administration does place limits on how much you can earn per month and still qualify for benefits. In 2024, those with blindness can earn up to $2,590 and still qualify, while people with disabilities other than blindness are capped at $1,550. The SSA will also consider other resources, like savings accounts or other property with value. 

Incomplete/Missing Application Paperwork

It’s true that an SSDI application can involve a lot of paperwork. A common reason for claim denials is missing or incomplete information on the application. What may be a simple mistake can turn into a long process of appeals or reapplication, and it’s important to make sure that you are thorough when filling out every part of the application. The SSA may attempt to contact you to obtain missing information, so be sure to return any requested documents as soon as possible. You can avoid complications with your application by having a disability benefits expert review your application before you submit it. 

Don’t Meet the Criteria

The SSA uses a strict guideline when determining which disabilities qualify for SSDI. Because it’s intended as a benefits system for those with long-term disabilities, many with short-term disabilities are denied because their condition doesn’t qualify. Your medical evidence should support the fact that your disability is long-term (lasting more than one year) and is on the SSA’s list of accepted conditions. 

Talk to an SSDI Attorney Today

Are you applying for SSDI for the first time? Need advice before you submit an appeal? The experienced law team at the ADA Group can help find a solution to all of your disability benefits questions. We specialize in SSDI, SSI,Veterans disability benefits, and more with a personalized approach to each client’s case. Contact us to schedule a free consultation with a member of the ADA Group who will work with you from start to finish.