Each time a worker in Iowa earns a paycheck there are certain taxes taken out, including a federal payroll tax, a part of which is used to fund Social Security benefits. One of these benefits is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Those who can no longer work due to a long-term or permanent injury may be eligible to file a claim to receive SSDI payments each month. However, an SSDI benefits claim could be denied, and here are a few reasons why.
It is not uncommon for a first-time applicant to be denied disability benefits. There are a number of reasons why, but one of the most common reasons is lack of medical proof. The applicant will need to show that he or she cannot work for at least 12 months. Make sure to document and record all medical tests and treatments pertaining to any injuries suffered.
A claim may also be denied if the individual cannot show that he or she has been following the doctor’s treatment plan. Without a treatment plan, the claims examiner could have trouble determining if a person’s condition is impacting his or her ability to work. Sometimes, the Social Security Administration may request more information regarding a claim. Always follow through on these requests. Failing to send requested information or ignoring the requests altogether could result in a denial of benefits.
Understanding why a claim is denied will help an individual learn what was missing in his or her claim and increase the chances of a successful appeal. Those in Iowa who have questions or want to know more about SSDI benefits should consider discussions with a knowledgeable legal representative. An experienced attorney can provide guidance and help to file an appeal if desired.