In our last post, we discussed how hard it can be to get an application for Social Security Disability benefits approved in the initial phase. These days, the Social Security Administration approves as few as one out of three SSD applications. Not long ago, most applications were approved.
Though many times, the reasons for rejection seem to be mysterious or unfair, other times the applicant does not succeed because he or she does not fit the criteria for SSD benefits. Last week, we discussed three common reasons the SSA gives for turning down benefits, as provided by The Motley Fool. Today, we will share five more reasons.
1. You can still do another job, according to the SSA. The examiner assigned to your case may determine that, though you no longer can perform the job you had before you became too disabled to continue, you are still able to do other work, based on your work history.
2. Missing documents. Applying for SSD requires you to supply a lot of paperwork. Forgetting even one thing on the list can put your application in jeopardy.
3. Incomplete or inaccurate explanations. The SSA usually demands all relevant medical records, which can require you to reach out to several different doctors and health care institutions. It is important to be organized, thorough and honest about your medical condition.
4. Quirky rules. For instance, the SSA allows you to send photocopies of some documents, but others, like your birth certificate, must be the original.
5. Giving up. It can take as long as a year to be approved, though the SSA does fast-track applications for people with certain conditions. Many people become frustrated with the process.