The sad truth for most disabled workers is that their initial claim for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) is denied. Receiving the news that your claim has been denied can be devastating, both economically and emotionally. When you are not able to work it is hard to hear that someone does not believe your condition qualifies for much needed benefits. But a denial is not the end of the road. There are steps you can take if your claim is denied, and our advice is always to appeal. Many applicants are successful on appeal, and get the benefits they deserve.
Unfortunately many denied claims do not get appealed. This is devastating for a number of reasons, including:
- The large majority of cases are decided at appeal, and this is where many applications find they are awarded benefits. If you decide to throw in the towel and fail to file an appeal, you may miss your chance at being awarded the payment benefits you need.
- The appeals process is where you get the chance to explain your case, and prove your disability.
- You get a chance to present a full medical record on an appeal, so if you left out information or documents, you will be able to provide those during the appeal. It is possible your initial claim was denied because there were missing documents. If you decide not to appeal you do not get the chance to set the record straight and give the Judge all of the evidence.
An appeal does have to be filed within a certain time, and it best to get it filed before the deadline expires. If you decide to just try again with a new application, you give up the opportunity to “beef up” your case, and may be denied again because the Social Security Administration (SSA) will not have any new facts in front of it to review. We have experience appealing denials of SSDI and know the timeline and what is needed for a successful appeal. We urge you not to give up! We are here to help and will work with you to develop your appeal so nothing is overlooked or omitted.
If you have questions about how to appeal a denial of disability benefits, call an experienced attorney for help. Contact us online today for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.