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You can appeal a Social Security Disability rejection

It's true that most people who apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) are not approved the first time. Why? The process is very complicated and there is extensive paperwork you need to include in your claim.

There are many reasons why a claimant may not be approved for benefits. Fortunately, they can be overcome in many circumstances by providing further documentation of your injuries or health condition.

Why would a claim be denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA)?

The first reason is because your disability isn't expected to last a year. For example, if you have a broken leg, it would likely heal within the year, even if it was a severe break. Another reason would be if you have a disability as a result of drug addiction or alcohol abuse.

Four other reasons include returning to work, failing to adhere to your medical treatment plan, being able to perform your typical job or having insufficient evidence of your health condition.

What if none of those factors influence or are true about your claim?

If none of those reasons are true in your case, then you should appeal, and have the right to appeal, the decision of the SSA. You should file for a reconsideration instead of filing a completely new claim, since this is the most effective way to have your claim reviewed a second time.

One thing you may want to include in your request is a new medical report. Have your medical provider include laboratory findings, your full medical history, your diagnosis and information on your treatment as well as your prognosis and response to treatment.

Source: FindLaw, "Disability Reconsideration: Appealing a Denied Claim," accessed July 14, 2017

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