With the increasing awareness among people to claim their social security disability benefits, a whopping number of applications are received by the SSA for social security disability claims. However, the acceptance rate of applications remains under or below 40%. Also, after the initial stage of reconsideration or applications being shortlisted according to their importance, that number skyrockets to a flurry 20%. So only 20% of the total applicants actually succeed at receiving the benefits. But we have the good news here. The denial of the applications is not due to the government manipulating your applications to deny your claims. It is denied because of your own mistakes at not being able to file the claims properly. Here are a few things to consider to make sure that your next application is not denied:
Inability of the ability to prove the severity of disability
SSA uses a very detailed criteria to determine the severity of your disability. And it is your responsibility to make sure that if you have a disability you visit the doctor regularly and keep up to date with all of your medical records.
In order to qualify for disability you may have to prove your inability to perform substantial amount of work properly in your application such as impairment, hearing or sight loss, inability to move, or conditions such as arthritis, asthama through your medical records.
You do not have enough history to meet the SSA requirements
Even if you prove your disability, your application may still get denied because you may either not have enough work history to qualify under SSDI or SSI or you may simply not being able to produce documents to prove it to SSA.
To qualify for disability is often times not enough, you have to ensure your Disability Examiner, DE at the SSA that your impairment is severe enough to last at least 12 months or result in your death. The only exception to this duration requirement is for blind SSI applicants.
Proper procedures to follow if your first case was denied
The last point is parallel to the fact that despite being able to handle all of the above required documents your application is denied. In order to avoid that type of sad consequence, we suggest you get a professional attorney or a qualified disability lawyer to defend your case through the disability process.
You Earn Too Much Income
For Social Security Disability Benefits, it is a program exclusively for disabled individuals who meet the SSDI requirements set by the SSA such as work credit hours, income threshold, substantial gainfula activity and requirement for the age, besides of course meeting the disability requirements mentioned in the SSA’s Blue Book of Impairments.
Earning an income above the threshold level also called substantial gainful activity, SGA can also result in denial of your disability application.This means you earn too much money to be considered disabled. You are allowed to work a small amount when you’re applying for and collecting SSDI, but not over the SGA limit, which is $1,260/month in 2019 for non-blind people and $2110/month for blind people. The figure is adjusted annually. Income from investments does not count toward the SGA—only work income counts, as it shows your ability to work.
The SSA can’t locate you
This is often the most overlooked or undermined factor in your disability application. Remember that your disability application process is a long and indigenous set of checkpoints, which needs official documentation for processing such as medical records, doctor’s opinions, your employer’s opinions, your colleague’s or family members’s testimonies to your disability, etc.
The SSA and Disability Determination Services (DDS) at the Social Security Administration, is responsible for determining your eligibility for disability benefits. They must be able to communicate with you regarding your application. If these agencies cannot reach you to schedule examinations or communicate with you about critical matters, your benefits may be denied.
How to Proceed with your disability application?
You can choose a representative such as a disability advocate or a disability lawyer/attorney to handle your paperwork; In this case you may not need to get in touch with the SSA, but could have your entire disability application process run smoothly just by staying touch with your disability representative or attorney.
If you move houses or switch towns/cities/states or even your country while your application is being considered, make sure the SSA knows how to contact you. You can do this by letting your attorney do this for you. Many such claimants (those who are applying for Social Security disability and refuse to cooperate by staying in touch with the SSA) get denied every day because the SSA cannot find them.
Be sure not to be of them by getting a disability advocate to represent your case right away!