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What is the first thing that will get you denied for disability?
If a person is working and making more than the SGA amount for the given year, that will lead to a quick technical denial. That is true for an SSD or SSI claim. If the claim is for SSI and the applicant is found to have more than the allowance resource limit (resources means countable assets), then that will lead to a denial.
In either case, the denial will be for non-medical reasons and will be a technical denial, meaning the case will not have undergone a medical review by a disability examiner.
If a case gets on to an examiner's desk, however, there is no one thing that will get a person denied. The examiner will have to send off for the claimant's medical records. The decision cannot be made until those arrive so it is usually a waiting game. If the claimant has no recent medical treatment, they will be sent to a consultative medical exam performed by an independent physician. The purpose of that exam is simply to provide something that is not older than 60 days.
Usually, the results of a CE, or consultative exam, do not provide a strong basis for approval. I would say that the thing that gets most applicants denied is the failure to establish that their claim meets the SSA definition of disability simply because they lack the medical evidence that actually indicates that their functional capacity has not been reduced to the extent that they can no longer work and earn a substantial and gainful income at a past job, or while doing some type of other work that their vocational factors might otherwise qualify them for.
Return to: Social Security Disability Resource Center, or read answers to Questions
If I Get Denied Twice For SSD or SSI Disability, What Do I Do?
What happens if my SSI or Social Security Disability Application is denied?
What Are The Reasons For Social Security Disability Cases Being Denied?
What happens if you get denied for social security disability three times?
How Many Times Will Social Security Disability Deny You before You Get Approved for Disability?
The Social Security Disability Denial Letter
Can You Avoid Being Denied on a Social Security Disability or SSI Claim?
Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:
Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI
These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits
Disability qualifications - Who will qualify is based on functional limitations
What do you Need to Prove to Qualify for Disability Benefits?
How to file for disability and the information needed by Social Security
What conditions do they Award Disability Benefits for?
How does back pay for Social Security disability work?
What makes you eligible for Social Security Disability or SSI? Part I
To get a Social Security Disability or SSI Award do you have to have a Permanent Disability?
Social Security Disability Status - when should I call to check
Do Lawyers Improve The Chances of Winning Social Security Disability or SSI?
What is qualifying for disability based on?
How to qualify for disability - The Process of Qualifying for Benefits
Receiving a Social Security Disability Award Letter
How long does it take to get disability?
Filing and applying for disability in Texas