Social security disability insurance is a supplemental program for Florida residents who cannot work. Many households rely on these benefits to help pay for medical treatment and routine living expenses. The application process includes a detailed list of requirements. If you receive a denial notice, you may need to go through the appeals process, which can also be complex and time-consuming. We often help clients file for disability and ensure they have all the documentation they need for the hearing.

According to the Social Security Administration, you may qualify for SSDI if you have paid enough Social Security taxes on your earnings. As a result of the detailed information required by the program, there are several reasons you may not initially qualify for SSDI.

Not enough medical proof

You must provide medical records and statements from your doctor that prove you have a condition, injury or disability that prevents you from working. A note from your primary care physician requesting a modified schedule or keeping you from your duties can smooth the process.

The records must show that you have made an effort to work by trying different medications or treatments. Any additional steps that indicate you followed doctor recommendations for treatment programs without improvement in your situation can also help prove your disability.

Earn too much money

If you earn more than $1,220 a month, the SSA will likely deny your application as SSD is for individuals who cannot work. However, they only look at the earnings from your job, not income that comes from investments.

The SSA also denies individuals who do not follow their doctor’s instructions or refile after receiving a denial notice. If you have physical injuries, mental illness or a condition such as cancer, arthritis and asthma, you may qualify for SSD. Experienced advocates can help you determine if you are eligible and gather the information needed.