Social Security Claims Process: 5 Common Obstacles

obstacles in social security claims process

The Social Security claims process can be overwhelming and chaotic. Since the Social Security Administration handles millions of applications and beneficiaries each year, it doesn’t always run as smoothly as possible. In our experience with the claims process, there are some common obstacles we help our clients overcome. Here is a brief rundown of some of these obstacles:

Obstacles in the Social Security Claims Process


Obstacle 1: Current Employment

  • If you are currently working and earning $1,130 or more each month, you may be denied.

Obstacle 2: Severity of Disability

  • According to the SSA, a “severe disability” is one which makes you unable to work. If this isn’t the case, you may be denied.

Obstacle 3: Unlisted Conditions

  • If your disability is not included or comparable to those included in the Listing of Impairments, you may be denied. Don’t panic: you can still qualify with an unlisted condition.

Obstacle 4: Work Ability

  • If you can still  perform the lightest type of work you’ve done in the past 15 years, you may be denied.

Obstacle 5: “Other Work”

  • “Other work” includes any employment you can reasonably maintain given your situation. If the SSA determines that you could do “other work,” you may be denied.

It is important to remember that these are just obstacles. They can be challenging when building a case, but they are not impossible to overcome. The SSA determines if you qualify based on several different factors.  It is essential to understand how these different factors affect you during the Social Security claims process. If you are unsure about your situation, an experienced disability lawyer can help you build your strongest case.

If you run into any of these obstacles, we can help you. At Summit Disability Law Group, we deal with these cases daily. Contact us today and set up a free consultation.

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