When you file a social security disability claim, you want to do everything possible to ensure that your claim is approved. Some factors that may result in a claim denial are beyond your control, such as your income and the severity of your disability. Other common reasons for denial, however, can be avoided. Here are three such reasons.
Difficulty in Communication
The agencies responsible for reviewing your claim need to be able to get in touch with you. If they can't track you down, odds are your claim will be denied. Be sure to provide accurate and up-to-date contact information. If something changes, make sure you tell the agency. If you hire a lawyer, they will take care of as much of your communication as they can. It is your responsibility to make sure you stay in contact with your lawyer.
Lack of Adequate Information
In order for your claim to be approved, your medical records need to be complete and easily accessible. A lack of information is one of the primary causes of claim denial. Since it is up to you to supply evidence, make sure you are staying organized and getting the help you need to keep track of your medical information.
As you move forward with your case, be cooperative. Release any records and information needed to prove your claim. One of the benefits of hiring an attorney is their ability to take care of your records for you, making sure everything gets where it needs to go. In some cases, you will be asked to have an examination by a social security administration doctor for additional information. Be sure to keep your appointment, as failure to do so may result in a denial.
Failure to Follow Treatment Plan
If you have been given measures by your doctor to work toward improving your condition to the point where you will be able to work again, you had best follow them. A willingness to go through treatment demonstrates a sense of responsibility and a willingness to work toward a better situation. Though there are exceptions, such as an inability to pay for therapy, most cases in which the filer refuses to submit to prescribed treatment will be denied.
Avoiding these three common reasons for claim denial is not a guarantee that your claim will be approved. Any action you take to create a better case for yourself, however, will increase your chances. There is a lot to consider in each case. If you are feeling overwhelmed, or if you want to increase your chances even more, a disability lawyer will be able to answer your questions and help you through the process.Share