Why Might Someone Be Denied Social Security Disability Benefits?

November 9, 2017

The Social Security Administration (SSA) provides additional assistance to qualifying people who need more assistance than other people do. Unfortunately, every person who applies for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits does not receive SSD benefits, and there are a wide variety of reasons why the SSA denies some people SSD benefits.

The various reasons why the SSA denies some people Social Security Disability benefits are relatively straightforward, and they include:

  • A person’s income is too high, as he or she can make no more than $1,170 per month in order to receive Social Security Disability Income(SSDI) benefits (which are determined based on how many years he or she has been working) and no more than $1,500 per month or no more than the $740-$800 range in order to receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits (which the SSA grants to supplement a person’s existing income and financial resources)
  • A person’s disability is not severe enough or is not expected to last for at least a year or to lead to death
  • The SSA is unable to find the applicant, as communication between an applicant and the SSA is crucial in the applicant receiving benefits
  • A person does not cooperate with the SSA
  • A person disobeys his or her doctor’s orders
  • A person has a drug-and/or-alcohol-based disability, which likely would cease if he or she simply stops using drugs and/or drinking alcohol
  • A person has a criminal conviction, as he or she will not receive SSD benefits while in prison but could receive SSD benefits once outside of prison
  • A person perpetrates fraud

The SSA provides help to people who need it but also denies help to some people because of any or all of the reasons listed above. However, if a person is denied SSD benefits, he or she can appeal the SSA’s decision.

If you or a loved one needs help getting Social Security Disability benefits in the Philadelphia area, contact the Philadelphia Social Security Disability attorneys at Larry Pitt & Associates, or call us at 888-PITT-LAW. We are very proud to serve clients in Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.