It’s natural to think about the reasons why you should be granted Social Security Disability benefits, but consider the reasons why your claim might be denied. 

It is important to understand that the Social Security Administration will automatically deny claims in certain situations.

Below are 8 things that could result in your claim being denied: 

1. Your application is incomplete or lacks supporting documentation. 

2. You are able to perform your usual work. 

3. You are able to perform another type of work. 

4. You have an insufficient number of work credits. 

5. Your impairment is not considered severe. 

6. Your disability is not expected to last at least 12 months or be terminal. 

7. Your impairment is primarily due to drug or alcohol abuse, or that abuse is material to what disables you. 

8. You fail to cooperate with the SSA or follow prescribed medical treatment (without good reason). 

The Social Security Administration will also deny your claim if you have returned to Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) before your case is decided, and you have been off work less than 12 months. 

Sometimes if you return to SGA level work after you have been off for 12 months, you can try to be paid by the SSA for the time you were off. We call this a “closed period” of disability and have had decent success getting these benefits. 

Take time to review the SSA’s guidelines regarding disability to ensure you meet these guidelines before you file your application. 

If you have questions about what it takes to qualify for disability, this is a good time to seek out an experienced lawyer. 

Getting sound advice on the front end can make a world of difference, and save us trouble down the road. 

If you have questions or would like to learn more about filing your Social Security Disability claim call the Hartwig Law Firm today at (508)732-8989