If your current state of physical health interferes with your ability to work, you may need financial assistance. Finding out that the Social Security Administration denied your claim for SSD benefits can cause frustration and confusion.
Knowing some of the common reasons why they may have turned you away can help you assess your situation. Sometimes, tweaking your application a little or adding context may help you achieve a different outcome.
Failure to meet eligibility requirements
The SSA asks that you meet every eligibility requirement before they will look at your application. Non-medical requirements include limitations to the value of your assets and your income. Because SSD benefits fall into the welfare program category, exceeding the limits the SSA proposes for your assets and income can jeopardize your chances to receive funding.
The SSA also requires your disability to fit the criteria of a disabling condition. This also means having sufficient evidence to support your claims, as well as proof that your condition will last long enough to substantially impact your livelihood. Periodically, the SSA will require you to provide updates about your condition.
Noncompliance or criminal intent
Because of the number of people who file SSD applications each year, officials have a strict process whereby they determine who to approve. If you refuse to comply with their process or neglect to communicate with them, officials may deny your application. They may also bypass your request if you have criminal convictions or if they discover fraudulent intent.
Your diligence in filling out the application carefully and thoroughly can support your effort to get benefits.