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3 Reasons Social Security Disability Was Denied

Did you know that the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies about 70% of applications for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? They don’t deny this huge majority of applications because most people are not suffering from diseases, injuries, and conditions that prevent them from working – in fact, even they agree that many of the applications that they deny are filled out by workers who deserve benefits. So why was your Social Security application denied? While there are a large number of reasons for disability benefits denial, some are more common than others:

  1. Your medical records do not illustrate the extent of your medical issues. This is probably the most common reason for disability benefits denial. Either the applicant has not successfully provided medical evidence for their condition or the applicant has stopped going to the doctor for financial reasons and does not have a proper record of their medical problems.
  2. Your paperwork is not complete or correct. Like many government agencies, the Social Security Administration is a stickler for rule-following. Your application will be denied if it is missing information or not completed correctly.
  3. The SSA is looking for a way to deny benefits. The sad truth is that the Social Security Administration is woefully behind on cases and their overworked employees are looking for any reason to reject a file and move on to the next one. The person reviewing your case is looking for any reason to deny your application and make their pile a little smaller.


If your application for Social Security disability benefits has been wrongfully denied, talk to a North Carolina Disability Benefits lawyer today to discuss the appeal process.