Applying for Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) is a complex and confusing process. Sadly, many applications are denied on initial filing, leaving the applicant wondering what to do next. Some people decide not to take the matter any further, and doing so causes deserving workers to miss out on invaluable benefits. The best step to take after receiving notice of a denial of SSDI is to take a deep breath, and then file an appeal. In order to make the most of your appeal, you should call a qualified attorney for help. Doing so will give you the best shot at winning on appeal, so you can get the benefit payments you need to survive.
Appealing a denial of SSDI involves taking the following steps, which should be outlined in the notice of denial you receive from the Social Security Administration (SSA). These steps are:
- Request reconsideration of the denial. To have the denial reconsidered you must follow the instructions received in the denial, and do so on time. The reconsideration will be performed by a medical consultant and an examiner that were not involved in the decision to deny your claim. This means a fresh set of eyes will look at your case and render their opinion.
- If your claim is still denied at the reconsideration stage, you will need to appeal the denial. The appeal will allow you to get in front of a Judge to present your evidence and give testimony about your condition. You have 60 days from the date of the denial letter to file an appeal and request a hearing date.
- If you are not successful at the appeals hearing you can ask for the Appeals Council to take a look at your case.
In a number of cases where approval is still not granted, you have the option to file a case in federal court. If you opt to go this route, be sure to use a skilled and qualified attorney. Navigating the SSA is difficult enough, and moving your case to the Courthouse is even more complex. Our legal team can help you at any stage in the process, and help you get a satisfactory result.
If you have questions about disability benefits, call an experienced attorney for help. Contact us online today for more information. We can also be reached at 855-727-6353.