Getting approved for SSDI is not easy. According to the Social Security Administration, the approval rate for first-time applicants is only 33%, and it’s between 2% and 9% at the reconsideration and hearing stages.
The truth is that many people get denied for the same reasons, and if you know these reasons, then you can avoid them in your application.
Here are some of the factors that contribute to a denial.
Not Filling Out Forms Properly
Applicants may have left some areas of their application blank on purpose, or they simply didn’t realize they had to answer every single question. Not filling out your forms completely or the right way could jeopardize your chances of receiving benefits.
Applicants Don’t Provide Adequate Proof of their Disability
It’s not enough to say that you’re suffering from a medical condition. Instead, you need the right information to prove your disability. This could include medical records such as test results, medical records, and statements from your doctor and people who are familiar with your condition.
They Haven’t Been Out of Work Long Enough
In order to qualify for SSDI, applicants need to show that they’ve been out of work, or will be out of work, for at least 12 months. They also cannot be able to switch to another line of work.
They Earn Too Much Money
Applicants are allowed to earn some money, but it cannot go above the substantial gainful activity limit. In 2021, that limit is $1,310 gross wages per month. If you make more than that, it’ll trigger a denial.
Working With Schott Law
If you need help applying for SSDI benefits, Schott Law is here for you. Maggie Schott is an SSDI & SSI lawyer serving Washington and Idaho. Contact us now at (509) 328-5789 to start your application.