When you need Social Security Disability benefits, a denial letter can be devastating. While it may seem like you are alone in that moment, the truth is that the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies most applications initially. In fact, the SSA awarded benefits to only about a third of applicants between 2008 and 2018, and many of those applicants had to appeal their initial denial to get the benefits they needed.

Why are many of these applications denied?

1. Lack of medical evidence

While your condition’s impact on your life may be apparent to you, it is possible that your application did not convey that need. If the administration lacks evidence that a person’s condition is “severe” enough to require benefits, their application will not be approved.

2. Failure to pursue treatment

Because SSD benefits are needs-based, the administration may deny an application if the person did not pursue doctor-recommended treatment. Without proper treatment, the administration cannot accurately assess whether a condition prevents a person from working or if the applicant’s condition could have improved if they had followed doctors’ orders.

3. Income that is too high

While supporting yourself and your family while applying for disability benefits can be essential for many, an income of over $1,260 leaves applicants ineligible for support.

4. Denial on a previous application for the same condition

After a denial, some people mistakenly believe that their best course of action is to file another claim with more documentation and evidence. However, this will result in an automatic denial of their application.

If your claim was denied by the SSA, speak to an experienced Social Security Disability attorney about your application. They can help you review the reason for your denial and appeal that decision to pursue the disability benefits you deserve.