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Appealing a Denied Social Security Application

Receiving a denial letter can be discouraging and upsetting, but do not give up – appealing a denial is common to the Social Security disability application process.  On average, more than 70% of Social Security disability applications are denied, and so appealing in a Social Security disability claim is often part of the process to ultimately receiving disability benefits.

There are many reasons why so many applications are denied. The Social Security Administration might not have certain important medical records.  The denial might be based on a simple error in the application.  In some cases, applying too soon, or even too late, can be an issue.  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 starting this appeal, it is helpful to gather the required information first.  For example, this type of appeal will require you to identify updated medical information; provide an updated medical list and any change in your health; and other updated information.

The recommended way to file this type of appeal is on the Social Security website, ssa.gov, but you can also call your local Social Security office to request a paper appeal form.

Also, know that you only have 60 days to appeal the application denial.  Failure to file an appeal before this 60-day deadline could result in the appeal being denied or, worse, having to start the application process all over again.  If your claim is already within this 60-day period, contact an attorney as soon as possible.

If you have already received a decision on your Request for Reconsideration and were denied, again, do not give up.  Unfortunately, even less applicants are successful at the Request for Reconsideration stage.  It is the next stage – the hearing stage – where the highest percentage of applicants are successful.

The Social Security disability process, including the Request for Reconsideration and hearing stages, 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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