If your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) has been denied, you’re probably feeling overwhelmed and frustrated. It may feel like all hope is lost – but that doesn’t have to be the case.
You can take steps to appeal a denial and help get your benefits approved.
Common reasons applications are denied
The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies many SSDI applications because applicants don’t meet the criteria for disability. To qualify, you must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment that prevents you from engaging in any substantial gainful activity and is expected to last at least 12 months or result in death.
- There is a lack of sufficient medical evidence. The SSA requires detailed medical records to prove that an applicant has a qualifying disability, so it’s important to provide as much information as possible when applying.
- You haven’t had your disability very long, and the SSA believes you will recover within the 12-month timeframe.
- There was a failure to respond to the SSA’s request for more details.
- The SSA also will not provide benefits for partial disability or short-term disability.
No matter the reason, you have a right to appeal the decision. Your denial letter should explain why your claim was denied so you can provide additional documentation and supporting evidence for filing an appeal.
It’s also important to remember that even if your initial application was denied, it doesn’t mean that you won’t eventually receive benefits. Many people who were initially rejected were later approved after filing an appeal.