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Why You May Be Denied Disability Benefits

  • By: Tony Adderley
  • Published: June 24, 2015
Proving Disability In California

If you apply for Social Security disability benefits, you’ll probably be entirely focused on the reasons why you should receive those benefits. However, when you apply, it can also be worthwhile to turn your thinking around and determine if there are reasons why you may be denied those benefits. Listed here are the main reasons why people are denied Social Security disability benefits:

  • You receive too much income. The Social Security Administration is quite strict about income limits, and if your monthly income is too high, you won’t receive benefits. An experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer can look at your own financial circumstances and determine if you are under or over the limit.
  • Your disability is only temporary or partial. To qualify for SSDI or SSI benefits, the Social Security Administration (SSA) must believe that your impairment is severe enough to last at least 12 months (or result in your death). Most claims are denied simply because an applicant’s impairment is not severe enough to qualify.
  • You don’t cooperate with the SSA. If you refuse to share your medical records with the SSA, your claim will be denied. If the SSA wants to have you examined by their own doctor, and you fail to show up for a scheduled exam, your claim will also be denied.
  • Your disability is the result of substance abuse. The key factor is whether or not the SSA would still find you disabled if you had not abused drugs or alcohol.
  • Your disability was sustained while you committed a felony. Any impairment that you sustain during the commission of a felony cannot be used to apply for disability benefits.

While these are among the top reasons that benefits are denied, this list isn’t complete. If you are disabled and unable to work in the Los Angeles area, discuss your disability and your circumstances as quickly as possible with an experienced Los Angeles Social Security disability lawyer.

About the Author Tony Adderley has been working as a professional advocate for
individuals entitled to Social Security Disability (SSD) and worker’s
compensation benefits for more than 20 years.