4 Causes for Being Denied Social-Security Insurance Benefits

11 August 2016
 Categories: Law, Blog

Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, can provide you with funds if you happen to be disabled. However, there are many reasons why people are denied access to the benefits of SSDI. Read on and discover just a few reasons why you might be denied SSDI. If you believe that you have been wrongfully denied SSDI, it is recommended that you consult with a local and trusted disability benefits lawyer.


This is an obvious reason as to why you can be denied SSDI. If you obtain SSDI by committing fraud or by brazenly lying on any portion of your application, your SSDI benefits can be revoked. This is far from the worst thing that can happen to you, however. Fraud is a federal felony offense. The Social Security Administration, or SSA, will most likely prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law if they discover that you have been scamming them.

You Live Above Substantial Gainful Activity

Substantial gainful activity refers to the threshold of how much income you can make before SSDI terminates your benefits. It is recommended that you consult with the SSA regarding how much money you can make in a month before they will revoke your SSDI benefits. This amount tends to fluctuate per year. It should be noted that SGA refers to funds that are accrued through work. Any other funds that you receive, whether from other individuals or entities, does not count towards the SGA threshold.

You Are in Prison or Were Injured While Committing a Felony

Not all crimes can prevent you from reaping the benefits of SSDI. Only a few crime-related issues can impede you from actually receiving SSDI benefits. For example, if you were injured in prison and continue to be in prison, you cannot receive the benefits of SSDI. You can, however, receive these benefits after your release, regardless of whether or not your injury was received while you were serving a sentence. If you are currently serving a prison sentence for any felony, then you cannot receive SSDI benefits. Finally, if you were somehow injured while committing a felony and were subsequently convicted of that felony, you cannot receive SSDI benefits.

You Have a Very Short-Term Disability

If the SSA believes that your disability will last less than a full year, or twelve months, they can deny your application to receive SSDI unless your disability will result in eventual death or has caused temporary blindness. Sometimes, the SSA will retroactively grant you disability funds. For example, if they believed a disability would last far less than a year but the issue persisted, they can award you funds for the time you lost due to an application denial.

For more information, talk to a disability-benefits lawyer such as Krueger C Roland Atty At Law