Noone likes to be rejected, especially when it comes to their Social Security Disability claim. It’s important to remember that while it may be upsetting and discouraging, appealing a denial is a common step in the Social Security Disability application process. In fact, more than 70% of Social Security Disability applications are denied, so appealing is often necessary toward receiving disability benefits. But why are so many applications denied?
There are many reasons why the Social Security Administration would deny a claim. For example, The Administration might not have obtained the correct medical records, or perhaps the denial was based upon a simple error made on the application. In some cases, applying at the incorrect time may be a reason for denial. The good news is that many of these issues can be fixed in the appeal process.
An appeal of an application denial is called a “Request for Reconsideration”. Before appealing your denial, it is best for you to gather all of the required information. This type of appeal may require you to present current medical information. It is also recommended to file this type of appeal on the Social Security website, ssa.gov, but you can also call your local Social Security office to request a paper appeal form. After receiving a denial of disability benefits, you will only have 60 days to appeal. Failure to file an appeal before the 60 days could result in the appeal being denied, or you may have to start the application process over again. If your claim is already within this 60-day period, contact an attorney as soon as possible.
But what if you receive a denial on your Request for Reconsideration? Unfortunately, even fewer applicants are successful throughout the Request for Reconsideration stage. It is during the Hearing where the highest percent of applicants find success.
The Social Security disability process can be stressful, confusing, and overwhelming at times. An attorney who has experience handling Social Security disability claims will work to help and guide you through the process. If you have questions about the application or appeal process and/or have recently received a denial letter on your claim, contact us.
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