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My Social Security claim came back denied. What can I do?

| Dec 13, 2017 | blog

If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, you likely have grave concerns about your ability to buy the things you need, provide for your family and pay for the support you need. This is why it could be very important for you to secure Social Security disability benefits.

The intent of either type of Social Security disability is to provide financial support for people who cannot hold gainful employment in California either due to a physical or mental condition. Even with a valid medical need, however, it can still be difficult for deserving individuals to get essential support. If your disability benefits claim came back denied, you are not out of options.

Common reasons for claim denial

It’s incredibly frustrating to learn that your initial disability claim came back denied. It may feel like a step backwards, yet you still have options by which you can pursue those vital benefits. As you keep fighting for benefits from Social Security, it is useful to understand why claims sometimes come back denied. Some of the most common reasons for a claim denial include the following:

  • The claimant makes too much money.
  • Your disability is not likely to last for a period of at least one year.
  • The disabling condition is the result of drugs or alcohol abuse.
  • You did not follow directions, or the SSA could not contact you.
  • You did not include sufficient medical documentation in your claim.

The majority of initial applications come back denied. You may feel frustrated, but you have the right to appeal. Through an appeal, you can include additional evidence to support your claim and continue your fight for the Social Security disability benefits you need. You may not know where to turn, but it can be prudent to take quick action to protect your interests and learn more about your option to appeal.

Navigating the complexities of the claims process

The disability claims process is complicated and frustrating, and it can be difficult to navigate on your own. If you are dealing with a denied claim, it may be useful to start with a complete evaluation of your case.

Even with a valid disability and appropriate medical documentation, it may not be easy to get the benefits you deserve. Even if you cannot work because of your condition, you still have rights, including the right to claim certain types of financial support.