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70% of SSDI Applications Are Denied Every Year! Five Ways To Ensure You’re Not One Of Them

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits provide essential financial support for many medically impaired Americans. As per the 2021 Social Security Administration's (SSA) report, the agency processes over 2 million SSDI applications each year. The process of applying for and receiving these benefits can be complex and overwhelming. Furthermore, nearly 70 percent of all initial SSDI applications are denied at the first stage. But, you should not lose all hope of receiving the needed assistance to manage your medical condition. We have five resourceful recommendations that can increase the likelihood of your application for disability benefits being approved. 

Touch base with one of our in-house experts at Advocate and we’ll be able to walk you through the process of applying for  your disability benefits. For more information check out the details below to ensure you have a better understanding of eligibility, 

What are the reasons behind the rejection of most SSDI claims?

There are multiple causes that can result in the initial denial of your SSDI application. The actual reasons for a denial  are unique and based on the individual circumstances of each case. However, the most frequent reasons include the following:

  • Lack of eligibility as per SSA’s disability standards: 

There are strict medical criteria that define eligible disability, and if a claimant's medical condition does not meet these criteria, their claim may be denied. You can also read our article on Eligible Conditions

  • Insufficient medical evidence: 

The SSA requires sufficient medical evidence to support an application for disability benefits. A lack of evidence to support your claim will also result in a reduced chance of being approved.. Our team can help collect your evidence to ensure your case is well presented

  • Earnings above specified limit: 

Applicants who may be suffering from specified medical conditions but are earning more than the substantial gainful activity (SGA) limit set by the SSA are likely to be denied. A denial due to financial conditions is called a technical denial and is the main reason for denial in almost 50 percent of SSDI claims

  • Failure to follow prescribed treatment: 

It is critical for SSA to know whether the prospective claimant is following the prescribed treatment for their medical condition. Any negligence in undergoing the required medical treatment can also lead to the refusal of the claim

  • Non-compliance with administrative requirements: 

Applicants who fail to comply with administrative requirements such as completing forms or attending medical examinations are often declined by the SSA.

While all of this can be daunting, we want to make sure you feel confident by talking to a member of our team. We’ll be able to determine your eligibility on the call, and discuss the best claim strategy for your unique situation. You can guarantee  that we’re going to do our best to gain your SSDI eligibility status. 

What are the best ways to ensure that your SSDI application gets approved?

Folks often fret about spending a significant amount of time to complete all of the paperwork and collect all of their medical records and then face a big “No.” Here are some tips from our team of experts that can help ensure that your application doesn’t get denied: 

  1. Accumulate extensive medical evidence: 

The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires comprehensive medical evidence to support a claim for disability benefits (as mentioned above). The evidence includes detailed medical records, test results and doctors' reports. It is important to gather as much medical evidence as possible, including information about the diagnosis, the severity of the condition, and how it affects the ability to work. Whether these are digital or paper copies, we’ll find ways to make sure these are processed in the applicable format for submission

  1. Pay heed to your doctor’s advice: 

The SSA will consider how well a claimant follows the prescribed treatment for their medical condition. It is crucial to be proactive about seeking and following through with appropriate treatment as per your doctor. Keeping track of treatment records and doctor's appointments can help build a strong case for disability benefits.

  1. Keep detailed records of work history: 

The SSA will review a claimant's past work history when making a determination on a claim. Keeping detailed records of work history, including job duties, hours worked, and salary can significantly strengthen your application for benefits

  1. Never miss deadlines: Adhering to deadlines is essential in ensuring the approval of a Social Security disability claim. The Social Security Administration has strict deadlines for submitting documentation and responding to requests, and failure to meet these deadlines can result in a denied claim.
  2. Seek professional guidance: The SSDI application process can be complex and overwhelming, and many individuals find it helpful to seek the assistance of a professional. An experienced  Social Security representative specializing in SSDI claims can help gather medical evidence, assist with the application process, and represent your application in case of a denied claim

Don't miss out on getting SSDI benefits to manage your medical conditions

Even if your application is denied, it is imperative to understand that this is not the end of the road and that there is an appeals process available. We have a group of experts who have helped file thousands of claims for candidates all over the United States.

With the assistance of accomplished representatives, you can maximize your probability of getting approved for SSDI income benefits. Our team of specialists has helped countless Americans every step of the way, from the initial application to appeal procedures. Seek consultation with us now!