Disabled individuals in Michigan may be able to claim financial benefits through a claim with the Social Security Administration. If you filed a claim, it is because you have a medical condition that prevents you from earning a gainful income and holding steady employment. Even with a valid disabling physical or mental condition, it can be quite difficult to secure benefits.

In many cases, initial disability claims come back denied. This is disheartening, but this is not the end of the road for you. At this point, you may find it helpful to speak about your case with an experienced disability attorney. It’s frustrating and overwhelming to navigate this process, and you do not have to do it alone. You can have experienced guidance from the initial application to the appeal of a denied claim.

Reasons for unsuccessful claims

There are a few reasons why the SSA may deny a disability claim. Understanding these common reasons can not only help you avoid problems with your initial claim, it can help you determine if moving forward with an appeal is a beneficial course of action. Some of the reasons why the SSA may not approve your claim include the following:

  • It is possible that the disabling medical condition is the result of drug or alcohol abuse.
  • There is evidence that you did not follow the doctor’s orders regarding the treatment plan for your condition.
  • The disabling condition may somehow relate to criminal activity or a criminal conviction.
  • You did not include enough medical evidence or treatment records to prove your disability.
  • The SSA was not able to contact you to speak to you about your condition or your claim.
  • Your income is too high, therefore making you ineligible for Social Security disability benefits.

Determining the reason why your claim came back denied is the first step in appealing the decision made by the SSA. Only a small portion of claims are successful on the first attempt. You may be able to address the concern specified by the SSA and try again.

Working with an experienced legal advocate who can help you through every step can help minimize the chance of complications and frustrating setbacks. Whether you need to file your claim or you need to start working on your appeal, a complete assessment of your case can allow you to see where to start and what options are available to you.