When your disability application is denied
If your Social Security disability application is denied, you may be feeling overwhelmed and uncertain of the next step to take. Though the initial denial can be discouraging, there are several options available to appeal the decision, and you could still receive the benefits you need.
First and foremost, do not give up – you have the right to appeal any decision. After receiving your denial letter, read it carefully and make a note of the reasons for the denial. Each case is evaluated according to its own specific details, so understanding the explanation can be the key to a successful appeal.
The first stage of the appeals process is the reconsideration. This involves a fresh review of your entire claim and may involve the same earlier decisions being overturned, so it is important to provide new or additional evidence that could have changed the outcome. This includes new test results, doctors’ notes or other proof of disability. Make sure you contact your Social Security Administration (SSA) office to start the reconsideration process as soon as possible.
If your appeal is again denied, you can move to the hearing level of the appeals process. Preparation for a hearing should be taken seriously. You may want to have your doctor or another medical professional testify as to your disability level, since the evidence and testimony from an medical expert is often seen as more impartial. It is also important to obtain a copy of the evidence the administrative law judge will consider, to be sure all relevant facts and evidence are presented. Thou may also want to contact an experienced disability lawyer who can help you prepare for the hearing and make sure all necessary evidence is submitted.
Last, if all other steps have been exhausted, the appeals process does have a final step: the appeals council. This step is optional, and involves an unbiased review for potential mistakes during the earlier stages of the appeals process.
Though the process may be at times discouraging, remember that you are not alone. Reach out to helpful resources at the SSA office or with a disability attorney or quality disability services to ensure you have the best chance of success.
Hiring a lawyer to help you with your claim
There are experienced attorneys available who have the knowledge and skill needed to help you in the appeals process. It is important to take action quickly when your application is denied, so that you can identify potential areas for improvement and give your attorney the best opportunity to help you.
Your lawyer will thoroughly review your application to make sure that all relevant information was included. They will work with you to make sure that any additional information they identify is submitted and will work to strengthen your claim. Additionally, they can help review what documentation should be included and make sure that all the paperwork is in order for a successful claim.
Your attorney can also help you identify any weaknesses in your case, as well as potential areas of improvement. They will also provide guidance on what evidence would be beneficial for the appeal process. This may include obtaining statements from a physician, medical records, and a description of how your disability affects your daily activities.
Finally, your attorney can provide expert testimony in your appeal. This can be key in helping you receive the benefits for which you qualify. They will help you identify and organize the evidence needed to make your case, as well as explain why the Social Security Administration should have approved your claim in the first place.
When your Social Security disability application is denied, an attorney is an invaluable resource for navigating the appeals process. By working with a lawyer who is skilled and knowledgeable in disability law, you can maximize your chances of succ99ess and get the financial support you need.