Picking up from SSI Benefit Denials: 6 Reasons Your Claim May Be Denied (Pt. 1), below is a continued discussion of common reasons that SSI disability claims are commonly denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you are getting ready to submit a disability claim or you need help appealing a denial, the St. Louis SSI lawyers at Brown & Brown are ready to advocate your rights to benefits.
In addition to the nature of your condition (or what the SSA interprets that to be), other common reasons for denials may include that:
- You make too much money – SSI disability benefits are typically intended to support people who make no more than a certain amount of money per month. While this amount changes from year to year (to account for inflation), for 2014, the maximum monthly income that a non-blind person can earn and still qualify for SSI benefits is $1,070.However, when people applying for these benefits earn more than about $700 per month, the amount of benefits to which they may be entitled will likely decrease (i.e., a person’s SSI benefits will go down if he earns more than about $700 per month).If the SSA has been misinformed about your earnings and has issued a denial of your claim based on this misinformation, appealing this decision and supplying the appropriate evidence of your earnings will be necessary to obtaining the benefits you need.
- You withhold access to your medical records – When you apply for SSI benefits, the SSA will review various evidence and documents to verify that you, in fact, have a qualifying disabling injury or condition. Part of this process will include a careful review of your medical records to evaluate the nature and severity of your condition.However, in order to conduct this review, the SSA has to obtain specific permission from you in order to access your private medical records. If you refuse to grant this permission and prevent the SSA from accessing these records, your claim will likely be denied because there is no way for the Administration to verify your disability/impairment.
Our upcoming third part of this blog will spotlight some final common reasons that SSI benefits claims are denied by the SSA – be sure to check it out!
St. Louis SSI Disability Lawyers at Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law
If your SSI disability claim has been denied and you are fighting with the Social Security Administration to get the benefits you need, contact Brown & Brown Attorneys at Law today. Our St. Louis SSI lawyers at have a long-standing commitment to serving our clients, and we are experienced at navigating the complexities of the SSA to help our clients obtain the benefits they need and deserve. Our goal is to preserve and promote the rights and welfare of individuals and families so they have access to disability benefits and can obtain the essential medical care necessary to improving their condition and quality of life.
Since 1993, our lawyers have been successfully representing our clients in various types of disability claims cases, including appeals for denied SSI disability claims. Our unwavering dedication to our clients means that we will work diligently to help them achieve the best possible outcomes to their cases.