Richard A. Gutstadt, P.C.
Northern California SSI & SSDI Appeals

Oakland Social Security Disability Law Blog

Possible reasons why your disability benefits were denied

If you have recently applied for social security disability benefits, you are likely worried about your financial future. As a result, you will want to start gaining the benefits you deserve as soon as possible. If your initial application was denied, you may be worried that you will never be able to gain disability benefits.

Many people who are entitled to disability benefits have their initial claims rejected. This is often because they have provided incomplete or incorrect information. Therefore, you should not lose hope if you have had your application denied. The following are some of the most common reasons why disability claims are denied.

Are there more disabled workers today?

Disabilities happen for many reasons. They can be related to illness and disease. They can come from accidents -- everything from car accidents to workplace accidents. You can find disabilities tied to mental conditions, physical conditions, and more.

With so many different areas to take into account, you may assume there are more disabled workers in 2019 than they have been in previous years. After all, with the overall population rising every year, wouldn't that make sense?

Does a schizophrenia diagnosis qualify for disability benefits?

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that is defined by the sufferer having a limited ability to understand reality. They may exhibit strange speech or have hallucinations that lead them to form confused beliefs about the world.

This can often mean that those who have been diagnosed with schizophrenia are unable to gain meaningful employment, and they, therefore, struggle financially. In some situations, schizophrenia sufferers can qualify for disability benefits with the Social Security Administration (SSA). The following is an overview of the defined qualifying criteria.

Am I eligible for Supplemental Security Income benefits?

Gaining an income as a person with a disability can be very difficult. If your disability is preventing you from gaining a meaningful income, you should be able to gain benefits from the government. There are several benefits programs that you may be eligible for. One of these is Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

SSI is a federal benefits program that focuses on getting funds to people in need. Before applying for benefits from this program, you should find out whether you are eligible.

Appealing a denial of benefits with confidence

If you consider yourself to be disabled but you are struggling to successfully gain Social Security disability (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), it is possible that you feel frustrated and defeated. After one or more denials, you may simply feel like giving up on the process altogether.

However, you must be persistent. A surprisingly high amount of people have their disability benefits denied after their first application, but many people go on to be successful when they make an appeal. Your benefits application may have been denied for an arbitrary reason, such as a mistake on your medical reports or missing information. The following are some things you can do to appeal an application denial with confidence.

How many people have lost limbs in the United States?

One of the major reasons for disability in the United States is limb loss. It can make it impossible for someone to work in their chosen profession. It can change their life forever. Even losing one limb is a drastic change that can take years to adjust to -- if you do at all -- and losing multiple limbs could mean you need constant care for the rest of your life.

What you may be wondering is just how many people have to deal with limb loss on a daily basis. In the United States alone, the answer is about 2 million, per the Amputee Coalition. This number grows each and every year, as about 185,000 more people lose limbs annually.

What are the main categories for SSD mental disorders?

Many Social Security Disability (SSD) claims revolve around physical injuries. You may have a brain injury or a spinal cord injury that makes it impossible for you to work, for instance. However, though these cases are common, it's important not to assume that only physical injuries qualify. You may also qualify if you have a mental disorder that you're dealing with, which can certainly keep you out of the workforce just like a physical injury or disability.

To sort these disorders and determine who qualifies, the Social Security Administration (SSA) divides most of the disorders into 11 main categories. They are as follows:

  1. Personality and impulse-control disorders
  2. Neurocognitive disorders
  3. Intellectual disorder
  4. Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders
  5. Somatic symptom and related disorders
  6. Eating disorders
  7. Neurodevelopmental disorders
  8. Depressive, bipolar and related disorders
  9. Autism spectrum disorder
  10. Anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
  11. Trauma- and stressor-related disorders

Common questions about Supplemental Security Income

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is a program that is in place across the country with the intent to help those in financial need. SSI is available for those with very limited assets and resources.

If you are someone you know is struggling to cope financially because of their inability to earn a meaningful income, it is important that the benefits and eligibility requirements of SSI are fully understood. The following are some common questions about SSI benefits.

Don't die waiting on Social Security Disability benefits

If you have a debilitating illness or injury that prevents you from working, then you should submit your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) quickly. No, the program isn't going away or running out of funds. The Social Security Administration (SSA) is notorious for denying applications though. Data released by the federal agency last month shows that many people are dying while waiting to find out if they'll get benefits too.

Most Americans are required to make contributions to the SSA every pay period, so they'll be eligible for benefits later in life. Employees become eligible for SSD based on time working as well. We're supposed to be able to draw from the fund if we ever become too hurt or sick that we can't work. Many people don't realize until they need these benefits just how hard it is to qualify for them though.

Most people get denied for Social Security Disability benefits

You put in your application for Social Security Disability benefits. You know that you can't work. You have a note from your doctor that backs up your position. You feel like it's a guarantee that you will get approved.

Then you get denied. It's stunning. It feels like a massive setback. You're not sure if you have any options left.