Many first-time Social Security disability claimants are surprised by the number of claims that are initially denied. This can leave them concerned about their own claim, as well as their financial future, as they may be unable to work on account of their condition. However, by understanding disability law and how to use it to one's advantage, an individual stands a better chance at succeeding on his or her claim and recovering the benefits he or she needs.
The first step is to consider why so many initial claims are denied. There are a number of reasons. First, and perhaps most obvious, the Social Security Administration will not grant SSD benefits to those who are disabled on account of their abuse of drugs or alcohol. Second, many individuals are deemed disqualified from recovering SSD benefits because their income exceeds the limits imposed by the federal government. Therefore, individuals need to carefully consider the work in which they are engaging and consider how that interacts with this aspect of the law.