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Understanding why your disability benefits claim was denied

Unfortunately, many people struggle to earn an income when they become disabled. This means that they have to look into other options for gaining income, and one of the most obvious options is to try to seek Social Security Disability benefits.

Successfully making a Social Security Disability claim can often be challenging, however. In fact, the vast majority of claims are denied the first time. To be successful in your application, you must be conscientious and consistent. By understanding why your disability claim was denied, you will be better equipped to make another application. The following are some of the most common reasons why disability benefits claims are denied.

Insufficient medical evidence

You must be able to show that you are disabled by providing a sufficient amount of medical evidence. This typically includes statements from your medical providers and test results.

Disability is not severe enough

You need to prove that your disability is so severe that you are unable to perform any meaningful work. It is beneficial if you are also able to show that your disability is expected to last 12 or more months.

There was a failure to cooperate

You will only be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits if you are cooperating with the medical advice given. For example, if you are refusing to take medication that could help your condition, it's unlikely that you will be able to gain disability benefits.

If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits, it is important not to lose hope. By understanding the application process better, you will improve your chances of being successful on your second attempt.

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