If your recent application for Social Security has been denied, you may have been left to wonder why, especially if your physical or mental condition prevents you from working. Unfortunately, most applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied their first time through. Here are four of the reasons why many applications are denied.
Your Medical Records Were Incomplete
If your application for Social Security disability has been denied, there might have been a problem with your medical records. Even if you fill your portion of the application out properly, problems can arise when doctors fail to fill their portion out as thoroughly as possible. For instance, if your medical records don't show how your condition prevents you from working, your application can be denied. It's not enough for your doctor to simply state that you're unable to work. Your medical records need to show why you can't work and how your disability interferes with your ability to be gainfully employed.
You Didn't Complete Your Treatment
If your medical records show that your healthcare providers recommended specific treatment options that you didn't follow through with, your application for Social Security disability benefits may be denied. The Social Security Administration needs to see that you took your doctor's advice and treatment recommendations seriously. To improve your chances of having your application for benefits approved, you need to follow through on treatment options recommended by your healthcare providers.
You've Been Denied for Benefits in the Past
If you've applied for Social Security disability benefits in the past and you were denied, you might have thought it would be easier to simply submit another application. Unfortunately, that's not the case. In most cases, workers who are processing your newest application will see that you've had a previous application denied and deny the new one, as well. To prevent that from happening, you need to follow through with the appeals process. In most cases, applications that are denied will be approved during the appeals process.
You Didn't Follow Through With Requests
If you received correspondence from the Social Security Administration that you didn't follow up on, there's a strong chance that your application was denied due to a lack of communication. The correspondence you receive from Social Security may contain requests for additional information or additional medical testing. When you follow through with requests from Social Security, you increase your chances of having your application approved.
If your application for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, don't hesitate to contact a social security lawyer near you. Your attorney will help you work through the issues that lead to your denial.