Turned Down For SSDI? Learn Why
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are usually hard to get. That's no secret but knowing why many get turned down might help you as you seek benefits. If you are not able to do your job because of a medical or mental condition, SSDI benefits could allow you to be paid a monthly payment based on your work history. To find out more about some common issues SSDI applicants encounter time and time again, read below.
Verifying Work History
The Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to verify that you have worked enough and earned enough money within a certain period of time. That is why before your medical issues are evaluated, your work credits are determined. You can obtain information about work credits and how much you could be paid if you are ruled to be disabled by accessing your SSA online account or phoning the SSA. As of now, most SSA local offices remain closed due to the COVID-19 situation.
Verifying Your Medical or Mental Condition
This issue causes almost all denials to occur because it can be complicated to prove how your medical condition is affecting your ability to work. Applicants must not only prove that they have a qualifying condition, but they also have to prove that the condition affects their ability to perform certain job tasks. The more serious your condition, however, the easier it is to get benefits. Be prepared to show medical records, test results, and more. Be sure you are under a doctor's care and that you remain in their care even after you apply and are approved for benefits. The SSA caseworkers use vocational manuals to find out what types of things you did at your last job. They then rate each task on whether you can or cannot perform that work anymore.
Performing Other Work
Some SSDI applicants don't consider this aspect of the situation, but the SSA won't approve benefits for those who might be able to do a different job. For example, if you cannot perform work that requires you to stand, the SSA reasons that you might be able to perform sedentary work, such as a desk job.
If you have been turned down, no matter what the reason, speak to a Social Security disability attorney about your case. They can stand by your side at the appeal hearing and overcome the issues noted in your denial letter. Speak to a lawyer to find out more.