When you apply to the Social Security office for disability, you may be denied your claim. In fact, it is so common that it can be considered routine. There are many reasons that your claim can be denied. Some of the reasons may mean that you do not qualify for disability payments, while in other circumstances, it may mean that you made one or more mistakes when you filed. The following are three reasons your claim may be denied.
Your disability does not qualify for benefits
There are two ways that your disability can cause your claim to be denied. One is that the disability is not considered serious enough to prevent you from working, and the other is that your disability, although serious, is not considered to be permanent. Temporary injuries are usually covered by workers’ compensation and not disability insurance, so if you will be back to work within a certain time frame, your claim may be denied. The nature of your disability, even if it is permanent, may be deemed insufficient to prevent you from working. There are many examples of a disability that can fall into this category. One example is diabetes. Although it is possible to collect disability with diabetes, your medical condition must meet certain standards.
You failed to engage in proper therapy
Depending upon your medical condition, there will likely be a prescribed course of therapy to address your problem. It is common for Social Security to deny benefits if you have not followed the proper path of therapy for your medical problems. Even if this therapy will not result in a cure for your condition, the rules for disability may require you to engage in a therapeutic program. Surgeries also fall into this category. If your condition may improve with a certain type of surgery, you will likely need to have the operation in order to obtain disability benefits.
You failed to document your condition
This is a common reason for denial of benefits. You must understand that the Social Security office cannot take your word for your medical condition. You will need the correct paperwork from your doctor that explains your condition. Along with a statement from your doctor, you will likely have to include test results and the medication you are taking.
If you decide to appeal, it is important that you use a disability lawyer with experience in Social Security decisions. This is no different than hiring any other type of professional service. One example of a law firm with experience that serves the Poplar Bluff area of Missouri is Parmele Law Firm, PC.