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Factors that can result in a denied request for disability benefits

Countless individuals rely heavily on either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits to cover their basic expenses. Most recipients would be at a loss for what to do if something were to end their disability benefits.

It’s important to apprise yourself of the many reasons why both prospective and existing recipients lose their SSI or SSD benefits so that you don’t wind up in a vulnerable financial position.

Returning to work

A return to work, while you’re receiving SSI or SSD benefits may cost you your benefits, especially if your income reaches a certain threshold.

You may want to consider participating in the SSA’s Ticket to Work (TTW) program if you’d like to learn new skills that may qualify you to pursue a new career.

Changes in a disabling condition

A change in a recipient’s disabling condition is a common reason why the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies SSI or SSD benefits.

You should keep in mind that the SSA requires prospective recipients to meet strict eligibility requirements to qualify for disability requirements, including:

  • The disabling condition must be on the SSA’s Listing of Impairments.
  • Prospective recipients must have a condition that is either terminal or expected to last for over 12 months.
  • The disabling condition must adversely affect a prospective recipient carrying out their previous job role and performing other regular work.

You should be aware that the SSA regularly re-evaluates disability benefits recipients. If the doctor you see determines that there’s been an improvement in your condition and that you’re now able to work, then the SSA may end your SSI or SSD benefits.

You may find it helpful to speak with an attorney who understands how disability programs work. Your lawyer can help you gain some perspective as to whether you might be eligible for them.

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