Social Security Disability benefits can be incredibly helpful if you cannot work due to an injury or illness. For many people, these payments help them to cover living expenses.
However, the Social Security Administration has very strict rules regarding eligibility. You must go through a complex application process and meet all the requirements to qualify. FindLaw explains there are a few main reasons for SSD denials.
If the SSA tries to contact you and fails, it can deny your benefits. Part of the application process is providing the SSA with your current contact information in case it needs to make additional requests or speak to you about something.
Your actions in treatment
If you are not following the orders the doctor gives you concerning treatment, then the SSA will deny your claim. You have to do everything you can to help yourself. The SSA wants to see that you are helping with your own recovery.
If your injury or illness is a result of committing a felony, the SSA will not approve your benefits. In addition, if you are currently incarcerated, you cannot collect benefits.
If you are working or your injury or illness will not last longer than one year, you cannot qualify for benefits. Do note that you can work some, but if you earn more than your benefit amount, you will not receive an approval.
If your injury or illness is due to substance abuse, you may not qualify for benefits. If the SSA determines that should you stop using the substance your disability would not exist, then it will deny your claim.
Beyond these specific issues, if you fail to submit all the required information or do not follow the application instructions, you will also get a denial.