22 Jul Five Reasons Your Disability Claim Was Denied for Your Mental Disability
Claims for Social Security disability benefits (SSD and SSI) based on a mental disability can be some of the toughest claims to win. Whereas a disability claimant with a physical impairment or disability can point to noticeable impairments like a missing limb or objective symptoms like shortness of breath, the same is not always true of mental disabilities. Some personnel at the Social Security Administration (SSA) automatically distrust the reported symptoms of a claimant who alleges a mental disability.
Did you apply for SSD or SSI benefits based on a mental disability only to receive a denial? Here are some of the more common reasons why this might have happened:
- You did not have a professional diagnosis. It is difficult – if not impossible – to make a successful claim for benefits without having been examined by a doctor and given a diagnosis. If you have not been to a doctor to receive a diagnosis, it is in your best interest to do so.
- You did not follow your doctor’s treatment instructions. Once you see a doctor, that doctor is likely to recommend a treatment regimen that may include therapy and/or medications. It is vital that you follow these treatment instructions to the best of your ability. Even where you must stop treatment because of finances, be ready to support this reason with evidence. If you do not follow your doctor’s recommendations, the SSA will assume that it is because your condition is not serious enough that you need to do so.
- You did not accurately report your symptoms. When you visit the doctor, you should accurately and truthfully report the symptoms you are experiencing and have experienced since your last visit. You should not exaggerate your symptoms – doctors can and usually do include a statement in your records when they believe you are not being truthful. But you should not be a martyr and claim everything is fine when it is not. If you feel anxious, describe your anxiety. If you are hearing voices, you should describe the voices and what they are telling you. This helps the SSA see that your symptoms are ongoing and how your symptoms do – or do not – respond to treatment.
- You did not describe how your condition affects your ability to work. It is often not enough to have a mental condition. Instead, you must show that your condition negatively impacts your ability to work. If you do not have evidence of this – failed job attempts, for instance – it will be difficult to win your claim.
- You did not provide a complete record. When you submit your claim, you ought to include all relevant medical records that support your claim. Missing or incomplete records can cause your claim to be denied.
Consult with our experienced South Carolina Social Security disability lawyers at the Klok Law Firm. We can evaluate your situation and help you prepare and submit a complete and thorough claim application to the SSA. We can also help you appeal a denial of benefits. Learn what we can do for you by contacting us today to set up your free initial consultation.