Benefits

For years, you worked construction as a master plumber. Now, at the age of 47, your doctor tells you that the pain in your knees and back are the result of arthritis. It is unlikely you can continue working as a plumber, as the work aggravates your arthritis to the point you need pain medication. But your pain medication precludes you from working on a construction site. You file for Social Security Disability and are denied — what should you do next?

At the law firm of Greene & Schultz, we offer exceptional legal representation in the area of Social Security Disability law. Our experience, compassion and unyielding dedication to our clients comes into play from your first meeting with one of our attorneys.

Why Was My Social Security Disability Claim Denied?

If your Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) claim was denied, you are in good company. Each month over 300,000 people apply for SSDI and two-thirds are denied for medical or administrative reasons.

The criteria for being accepted for SSDI is tough and includes a review of both medical records and employment records. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies disability claims for any number of reasons, including the following:

  1. Substantial gainful activity (SGA) — This is a situation where you earn more money than the SSA allows when considering disability claims. For 2017 the SGA limit for nonblind people is $1170 per month; people who are blind can earn $1950 each month.
  2. Severe disability — Unless you become permanently blind, your disability must be so severe you cannot work for at least 12 months, or the disability must be likely to cause your death.
  3. Applicant's refusal to cooperate — The Disability Determination Service (DDS) is an agency within the SSA that determines your eligibility for SSDI. If you don't make sure to release your medical records or provide additional information when requested your claim will be denied.
  4. The SSA cannot locate you — If DDS cannot find you, they cannot communicate with you. This means they won't have access to your records or the ability to follow up with you. Claims for missing claimants are denied routinely.
  5. Failure to follow medically prescribed therapy — Without an acceptable excuse, your SSDI claim will be denied if you don't follow through on the therapy prescribed for you.
  6. You have a drug addiction or are an alcoholic — People suffering from a substance abuse problem whose abuse contributes to their disability may be denied SSDI benefits. The actual test used by the DDS is determining if your disability would continue if you stopped using alcohol or drugs.
  7. You're convicted of a crime — Felony convictions may bar you from receiving SSDI as will disabling injuries that happen while you are incarcerated.
  8. Fraudulent submissions — If you commit or committed fraud in order to get Social Security benefits, the SSA can deny or end your benefit and prosecute you for fraud.

Get Help From An Experienced Social Security Disability Lawyer

For helping filing your claim for SSDI or challenging the denial of your claim, contact Greene & Schultz in Bloomington, Indiana, for sound, knowledgeable advice that drives results.

Our attorneys are experienced in SSDI claims and will fight to get you what you are due. Reach us at 812-336-4357 or use our online contact firm.