It is a fact that filing for Social Security disability benefits is never easy. Millions of disabled Americans apply for benefits each year and only a good 30 percent of those applications get approved. Commonly, initial applications have a slim chance of getting admitted due to particular reasons. In relation to this, it is a must for all would-be applicants to learn the “capital sins” for claiming for benefits in order to avoid them.

The following are the common mistakes that claimants do that result in the denial of benefits grant:

1. Absence of concrete medical evidence

Whenever a claimant fails to present all necessary pieces of medical evidence that prove his or her disability, chances are his or her application gets denied. In order to avoid this unfortunate situation, claimants are strongly advised to secure and keep all vital medical documents. It is suggested for them to make copies of such documents for future use.

2. A new application was filed

Pursuant to the new instruction by the Social Security Administration (SSA), a denied applicant cannot file a new application if the former application was denied. Denied applicants are advised not to make a new claim; they are instead instructed to file an appeal. During the process of appeal, claimants are advised to seek legal consultation from Social Security disability attorneys. By doing this, applicants may learn how to properly file for an appeal.

3. Failure to adhere to medical treatment schedule

Before the SSA approves a disability benefits claim, the agency makes sure that the applicant has religiously followed his or her medical treatment schedule. Once an applicant fails to follow his or her medical treatment, there is a great possibility that his or her claim would be rejected. The reason behind this is that examiners need to verify whether the claimant’s condition really prevents him or her from performing work hence up-to-date medical diagnosis is always required from the applicant.

4. The applicant’s income exceeds SGA allowance

Certain people who are applying for disability benefits tend to continue work in order to earn some money; however, such practice may incur negative effects to them. Applicants who are earning more than $1,000 a month are likely to get denied because disability benefits are only awarded to people with a monthly income matching the SSA’s standard. An applicant’s Substantial Gainful Activity***** income should not exceed $1,000 a month for the year 2010, and not more than 1,010 for 2012; otherwise, the application would be rejected.