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How to handle a Social Security Disability denial

by | Jun 28, 2024 | SSD - Denied Disability Claims |

People who cannot work because of a disability may be eligible for federal SSDI, the Social Security Disability Insurance. Seeking these benefits requires going through a complex application. 

Individuals who have suffered an accident or an ailment that prevents them from working can apply for these benefits. Additionally, if you are employed but suffer chronic pain, you may also be eligible for SSDI. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers a Listing of Impairments that might qualify for these benefits.

Individuals could have their applications approved and receive Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) after diligently submitting their documents. Still, not every applicant will receive benefits, even after completing the application process.  

Mistakes can lead to a denied application. Is there anything you can do after a denial? Can you appeal for reconsideration and get the SSDI? 

What happens next? 

A failed application can be frustrating and challenging. Every case is unique and deserves a close examination to craft the appropriate solution. 

Claimants receive a denial letter explaining why the applicant did not receive the benefits requested. Such reasons could be the beginning of a new legal process. 

Periods for fighting back are tight and the process can be highly technical. Therefore, applicants should review the denial letter carefully and consider calling an attorney with experience in SSDI. An attorney can explain the legal options after a denial. Following this, individuals can start a process and appeal a medical or non-medical decision. 

Applicants have the right to appeal, but there are a few things to remember. They must file Form SSA-561 and adhere to the deadlines. Applicants have sixty days upon receiving a denial letter to file an appeal.  

There are also four levels of appeal for Social Security as follows: 

  • Request reconsideration or a review of the initial application. 
  • Apply for a hearing before an administrative judge. 
  • Request a rehearing before the Appeals Council.
  • File court action before the United States District Court. 

An appeal does not guarantee obtaining the SSDI benefits. To strengthen a case, individuals should submit medical evidence to prove their condition and provide information about their work history and education. 

Should you seek an attorney?  

It is common to feel frustrated or angry after receiving a Social Security denial. Remember, SSDI provides financial support for disabled individuals who cannot work. In some cases, it is the only means of economic support. Therefore, it is an important option for people in need.  

Seeking experienced help with a Social Security Disability attorney can help answer your questions and inform you of your legal options. They can also help you complete the appeal process. 


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