Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be an invaluable resource when you are no longer able to work and provide for your family due to a disability or a long-term illness. However, SSD benefits are awarded on a case-by-case basis, which means that applications are often turned down.
The news of an SSD denial can be devastating. However, this is not the end of the road. You can appeal a denied disability claim.
The process of appealing a denied SSD claim
The appeals process for a denied Social Security Disability claim is taken in stages:
File for reconsideration
If your initial application is denied, the SSA will send you a letter explaining the reasons for the denial. If you are dissatisfied with these reasons, you have the right to file for reconsideration within 60 days of receiving the official communication. With
Ask for a hearing
If your reconsideration still results in a denied claim, you can file a second appeal. However, this time around, you will need to ask for a hearing by an Administrative Law Judge. During the hearing, the judge will examine your case and ask questions After the hearing, the judge may decide to uphold or overturn the SSA’s decision and award you the disability benefits.
Boost your chances of success
If your condition has changed for the worse while appealing your SSD claim, it is important that you let SSA know about this. Of course, the additional paperwork may be demanding. However, it can mean the difference between another denial and winning your SSD appeal. All you need to do is request your doctor to compile a report outlining changes in your health condition.
Social Security Disability benefits can give you the financial lifeline you need to meet your living and treatment expenses while you are out of work due to a disability. Find out how you can appeal an SSD benefits denial.