Why Was My Claim Denied When, Clearly, I Can't Work?

It is a harsh reality for many claimants, but you cannot always rely on common sense to determine who is and who is not disabled under Social Security laws, rules and regulations. This is so because Social Security’s strict definition of “disabled” calls for a hypothetical determination of your ability to work.

In short, the Social Security Administration (SSA) only wants to know whether you are able to work. It does not care or even consider whether, in the real world, you can find suitable work.

Claims Wrongfully Denied

That said, if you are not able to work because of your physical or mental condition, it may be that your claim was denied in error.

The Social Security Administration is a large government bureaucracy. Like all large bureaucratic entities, it makes mistakes. This is especially true in the early stages of the disability application and the appeals process. Decision-makers tend to rigidly apply the Social Security rules and regulations, with little consideration for the nuances of each individual case.

Your claim may be erroneously denied if the Social Security Administration decision-maker:

  • Determines (incorrectly) that your impairment is not severe
  • Fails to consider all of your impairments
  • Fails to consider the impact of all your symptoms
  • Overestimates your ability to function in a work setting
  • Overestimates your education level

About two-thirds of the initial claims for Social Security disability benefits are denied, and many of these are denied erroneously. Depending on the facts of your case, the possibilities for error are endless.

How to Pursue a Successful SSDI Case

It is important you provide as much information possible and gather names of people who can support and help document your disabilities when applying for SSDI. Additionally, you should follow your medical provider's instructions and take your medications on schedule.

These actions, along with consulting an experienced attorney, will all help support a successful Social Security Disability Insurance case.