Having a disability claim denied
can come as a shock, especially when you feel as though you are truly disabled and are in need of benefits. The first step after a denial is to find out why your claim was denied. On what basis did they decide you were not eligible? Here are the most common reasons claims are denied and what you can do to appeal a denial.
1. Your Disability Isn't "Severe" Enough
If the board reviewing your claim determines that your disability isn't severe enough to keep you from working, they will likely deny your claim.
2. Your Disability Isn't Expected to Continue
If the board deems that your disability will resolve within a relatively short amount of time, your claim may be denied on this basis alone.
3. Your Disability Was Caused by Drug or Alcohol Abuse
If you became disabled as a result of abusing illegal drugs or alcohol, this may be a reason that your claim is denied. In these cases, it is important to determine whether an individual will continue to be disabled even if the discontinue using drugs or alcohol.
4. You Didn't Follow Your Doctor's Instructions
When you are disabled, it is very important that you follow your physician's instructions, including taking prescribed medication, doing at-home exercises, going to physical therapy, and other recommendations by your doctor. If you fail to do so, this may be a reason for the board to deny your disability application. However, there are some legitimate reasons for why you might need to decline treatment. For example, if you have mental illnesses that prevent you from adhering to prescribed therapy, or have religious beliefs that keep you from receiving certain types of therapy, these should not be discriminated against.
5. You Committed Fraud
If any part of your disability application was found to be fraudulent, it's a good bet that your claim will be denied. It's never a good idea to be fraudulent on a government application in the hopes that you won't be found out, because most likely you will and you may lose the opportunity to receive disability benefits for good.
How to Appeal a Denial
If you've been denied, it's time to get a lawyer involved. At the Law Offices of John D. Ameen, P.A., we have the skills and expertise to bring forward a strong appeal on your behalf. Contact us today for an appointment at (800) 555-4011.