Although veterans often qualify for disability benefits, this is not always the case. There are various reasons the Social Security Administration (SSA) may deny a veteran’s application for disability benefits. This overview will cover what those reasons may be, what to do if the SSA denies your claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, and how hiring a lawyer may improve your chances of receiving an approval.
Why Do Veterans Get Denied Disability Benefits?
It is possible for the SSA to deny a veteran’s application for benefits even if the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) gives them a 100% permanent and total (P&T) disability rating. Reasons for a disability benefits denial may include:
- Lack of sufficient medical evidence proving a disability
- Insufficient work credits
- Failing to have a condition that meets the SSA’s criteria for a disability
It is important to keep in mind that eligibility requirements for VA benefits are not necessarily the same as those for SSDI. In other words, the fact that you met the criteria for one does not guarantee that you will meet the criteria for another.
Why Am I Approved VA Benefits But Not SSDI?
Every case is different. A lawyer may help you better understand exactly why you qualify for VA benefits but not for SSDI. Generally speaking, though, the VA accounts for your service-related disabilities and the manner in which they interfere with your ability to work when determining if you qualify for benefits.
The SSA accounts for such factors as your work history and the degree to which you are able to participate in Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA) when determining if you qualify for SSDI. Familiarizing yourself with the differences between the two programs can help you identify the exact reasons why you may qualify for one and not the other.
What Should I Do If I Am Denied Disability Benefits?
There are several steps you may take if the SSA denies your application for disability benefits. In fact, statistically, the SSA denies most initial applications. You may thereby appeal the SSA’s decision if they deny your application at first.
One of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your chances of receiving an approval when you appeal the SSA’s initial decision is to gather and provide more medical evidence. At this stage, if you have not already done so, you should strongly consider discussing these matters with an attorney. This is because a lawyer may help you submit a stronger application for reconsideration and ultimately get awarded the benefits you need and deserve.
Get Help With Your SSDI Claim
Even a veteran who has served their country is not guaranteed an approval when they apply for disability benefits. This is true regardless of whether they qualify for benefits through the VA.
And, while no one can promise that you will receive disability benefits, certain experts can improve your odds of receiving an approval from the SSA if you genuinely meet the necessary criteria. A disability lawyer with experience representing clients like yourself may play a significant role in the outcome of your claim. For more information about what a disability attorney may do for you, complete the free case evaluation to speak with one today.