Common Reasons for SSD Claim Denials in North Carolina
Why Your Claim May Have Been Denied & What to Do Next
If you were injured and, as a result, became disabled, you may seek Social Security disability (SSD) benefits as long as you have an accepted condition and meet all other eligibility requirements. Regardless of how you became injured, you may be eligible for benefits under the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) frequently denies applications. Therefore, it is in your best interests to hire a skilled lawyer before filing an application.
At Lanier Law Group, P.A., our North Carolina SSD attorneys can review your case and determine your chances of receiving benefits. If your application has already been denied, our experienced lawyers are prepared to help you file an SSDI appeal. Read on to learn more about common reasons the SSA denies SSDI and SSI claims.
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When Can SSD Claim Denials Be Appealed?
Based on years of experience spent handling various types of Social Security disability matters in North Carolina, we at Lanier Law Group have a deep understanding of SSD law. We can help you determine why your claim may have been denied and file an appeal if applicable/appropriate.
If your application for SSDI or SSI benefits is denied for any of the following reasons, you can appeal the SSA’s initial decision:
- Your income is too high: One of the primary reasons applicants are denied is that their monthly income is too high. As of 2019, you have to earn no more than $1,220 (if disabled) or $2,040 (if blind) a month to qualify for SSDI. For SSI claims, you cannot earn more than $771 (individual) or $1,157 (couple) a month.
- The SSA cannot find you: If the SSA cannot contact you, your application for Social Security disability benefits may be denied.
- Your disability is temporary: To qualify for SSDI benefits, your disability must last/be expected to last at least one year (12 months) or result in your death. An exception is made for applicants who are blind.
- You do not follow your doctor’s orders: If your physician prescribes you a certain therapy or treatment and you refuse to follow it, your application may be denied.
- You do not cooperate with the SSA: To assess your case, the SSA needs your medical records and other pertinent information. Failure to allow the SSA access to these documents can result in your application being denied.
Remember: just because your initial claim was denied, this does not mean there is no hope. You can often file an appeal, and Lanier Law Group can help. If you need help at any stage of the Social Security disability process, our North Carolina SSD claim denial attorneys are here to offer you personalized guidance and support.
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When you need compassionate and dedicated legal representation for an SSDI or SSI matter, look no further than Lanier Law Group. We have numerous offices located throughout North Carolina, including in Asheville, Burlington, Durham, Greensboro, Greenville, Charlotte, Wilmington, Raleigh, Winston-Salem, Fayetteville, and Jamestown. We offer legal services in both English and Spanish and you owe us nothing unless you obtain a settlement.