Three Reasons Why Your SSD Application Was Denied

For many people, Social Security Disability (SSD) is a critical lifeline after an accident, injury, or illness prevents them for holding down a job. It can help them cope with lost wages, medical bills, or other financial losses related to their injury or health condition. This is why getting a rejection on an SSD claim can be so devastating. If you’ve recently been denied SSD benefits, even if you think you are injured or ill enough to qualify, here are three reasons why your claim might have been denied.

Your medical or health condition is not severe enough

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has a very strict definition of disability. For someone to be considered disabled and able to qualify for SSD, their condition must have lasted for at least a year. If it not has not lasted a year, it must be expected to last up to a year, or be expected to result in death. This means that someone with a serious lung cancer diagnosis, for example, would likely be able to qualify for SSD. On the other hand, someone who is suffering from neck pain after a car accident might not qualify. This is because their neck pain might not last for an entire year. While a condition like whiplash or a back or neck injury might be painful and prevent someone from working, perhaps even for months, it may be enough to qualify someone for SSD.

However, some conditions are severe enough to receive SSD benefits right away. You can learn more about what conditions qualify for a “compassionate allowance” here.

You can still do your old job

Another common reason why your SSD application might have been rejected: you can still do your old job. SSD benefits are for people who cannot do any work due to an injury or illness. So if you can still perform some of your job duties, your application might be denied. For example, imagine a construction worker hurts his back in a car accident. While his usual heavy lifting duties might be out of the question until he heals, his job might offer him a chance to work at a desk and assist with a duty like payroll. While he might not be able to do his usual job, he can still do some kind of work at his company. This means that his SSD application might be denied, even though he can’t do his usual work.

To avoid this pitfall, consider your limitations before applying for SSD. Can you still do your old job with certain accommodations, like frequent breaks or a standing desk? Is your job willing and able to make these accommodations? If so, you might be able to continue earning wages at your regular job and do not have to rely on SSD.

You can still do work

As mentioned above, SSD benefits are for people who cannot do any work. If you can still do some kind of work, even if it’s not your typical job, you may not be able to qualify for SSD. Even if you need accommodations or have severe limitations, the fact that you can still do some work may be enough to disqualify you.

Getting help

Getting denied for SSD benefits is frustrating and disheartening, especially when you know that you’re injured or ill. If you have been rejected for SSD benefits and think your claim was unfairly denied, an experienced SSD attorney may be able to help you!


The attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes represent those involved in car accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and other types of personal injury matters. Our firm is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Tampa Bay. There are no attorneys’ fees or costs unless we prevail for you. Call our office 24 hours a day at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.

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