It’s safe to say no one wants to suffer an injury. Yet, it is nearly impossible to predict when an injury or illness will occur. When a disability prevents individuals from working and earning a living, they can apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits by filing a disability claim with the Social Security Administration. However, the majority of initial claims are denied initially, and here are some reasons why.
Not following treatment plans
If an applicant cannot show that he or she has been following their doctor’s orders for their condition, they could be denied benefits. Treatment plans help prove to a disability examiner that the applicant is unable to work due to their condition. If an applicant is unable to follow their treatment plan, they need to explain why in detail.
Lack of medical evidence
A person who is applying for disability must provide the appropriate and sufficient medical evidence to support their claim. A lack of medical proof or evidence is one of the most common reasons why claims are denied. Applicants can look up their condition in the Social Security Administration’s Blue Book to find out what documents, treatments and other evidence is required.
What to do after a rejection
It is estimated that over 65% of all first-time applications are rejected. However, knowing why a claim was rejected will help individuals understand what they need to do to increase the odds of a successful appeal. Those who have been denied SSDI benefits can get help by speaking with a legal professional. A knowledgeable attorney can answer questions and help clients file an appeal if desired.