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The most common reasons SSDI applications get denied

An injury may do more than sideline you for a day or two. It may wind up costing you the livelihood you have worked hard to get. When you apply for Social Security Disability or SSDI, you may receive a denial rather quickly. 

What may make your application more prone to denial the first time or two? Discover some of the reasons SSDI applications falter and require you to go through the appeals process instead. 

Insufficient medical data

One of the most recurring reasons an application for benefits faces denial is insufficient medical reporting. A doctor must find your injury disabling and provide all medical data to support this finding. If your medical file is incomplete in any way, the Social Security Administration may kick it back. 

Alternative work available

When an injury renders you unable to continue in your profession, you may believe your career is over. However, the SSA may have other plans. SSA may determine that you are capable of working in another capacity or profession. When and if this happens, they will deny your application because you can still earn a paycheck in some fashion. 

Failure to treat

Having the proper medical records is one element of the application SSA reviews. The administration also wants to see that you follow the directives handed down by doctors treating you. In some cases, you may have decided against medical advice and went in a different direction. This type of behavior may wind up costing you SSDI if the SSA determines you are not following medical protocol dictated by your condition. 

Luckily there is hope after a SSDI denial. The appeals process is in place to help those who need benefits get them even after receiving a negative response.