If you have experienced a recent disability, or have been living with one for a long time, Social Security disability benefits may be the solution you’ve been looking for. However, it can be confusing to navigate the sometimes-complicated process without experience help. Thankfully, at The Law Office of Sheryl Gandel Mazur can provide the best Social Security disability benefits services in the Newark area. Call us to set up a free consultation!
To help you understand some of the potential issues you may have to combat during the application and appeals process, here are five of the top reasons you may be initially denied:
1. Your Income is to High
Although you are unable to work when receiving Social Security disability benefits, you may still be receiving income from some other resource. However, depending on how much you are bringing in a month, this income may disqualify you altogether from receiving Social Security disability benefits. If you make $1,500 or more you will be ineligible for the benefits altogether, but if you simply make more than $740 you may just be viable for less than those that make under $740.
2. Poor Cooperation
Medical records and other various pieces of evidence must be filed with the SSA if you want to successfully gain Social Security disability benefits. If you fail to cooperate with the organization throughout your application and appeals process, you will likely miss out on the much-needed benefits you are attempting to receive.
3. You Do Not Meet Disability Time Requirements
To qualify for Social Security disability benefits your disability must be expected to, or currently have been affecting you for a period of 12 or more months. If you do not meet this standard, you will be ineligible to receive any benefits from the SSA.
4. Your Disability Came About Due to Alcoholism or Drug Abuse
Disabilities that come about due to substance abuse lessen your chance to receive Social Security disability benefits. However, if you attend rehab programs and get clean, you can still become eligible for benefits in the future. If you have a problem and need assistance overcoming an addiction, there are services available to help you recover.
5. Prior Crime Convictions
Similar to the substance abuse situation, criminal convictions can make it difficult for potential Social Security disability benefits applicants to successfully receive benefits. To be viable after certain convictions, you may be expected to attend certain rehab programs. Additionally, any disability gained during the committing of a felony will likely be disqualified under SSA standards.