Why are Social Security Disability claims denied?

Two common reasons for Social Security Disability claim denials include:

  • Inadequate medical documentation. Filing a successful SSD claim requires submitting medical records that demonstrate the nature, extent, and effects of your injury or disability. To collect benefits under SSD, these records can help prove that your injury or disability is severe enough that it will last at least a year. If you don’t have medical records to support your claim, it will almost certainly be denied.
  • Inadequate justification for not following a prescribed therapy plan. The SSA can deny benefits to individuals who fail to follow their doctors’ prescribed therapy plans. While some exceptions apply (such as not having the money you need to pay for treatment), it’s important to adequately explain any deviation from your prescribed therapy in order to avoid a wrongful denial.