If one is unable to work due to a medical condition, physical or mental, that individual could be eligible for financial support through the Social Security Administration. Disability benefits are available to those who cannot support themselves, but even with a valid disabling condition and a complete application, it can be notoriously difficult to secure benefits. It may be beneficial for a California applicant to understand common reasons why the SSA denies claims.
What claimants should avoid
When an applicant understands common reasons why the SSA denies claims, it may help him or her prepare for the application process and lower the chance of a denial. The most common reasons why the SSA may deny a claim include the following:
- The applicant does not meet the work history requirements.
- The applicant did not include sufficient documentation, including medical records and other evidence.
- The applicant does not understand the application process or his or her rights when navigating it.
Many initial claims get denied, however, and applicants will have to go through the process of seeking a reconsideration of the claim and appeals process.
It is critical for an applicant to avoid as many missteps as possible when navigating the disability claims process. To do this, it will be helpful to have the support and guidance of an experienced attorney who understands SSA requirements and what it takes to have a successful claim. Before applying, one should seek an understanding of his or her rights and eligibility requirements for those seeking disability benefits.