A disabling injury or illness that renders you incapable of working and caring for yourself can be traumatic, to say the least. Besides the financial toll, a disability can also take an emotional toll on you. And this combination can be quite depressing.
Fortunately, the Social Security Administration allows you to file a disability claim so you can receive the benefits you need to care for yourself and your dependents. However, it is not uncommon for a disability claim to be denied. In fact, 2 out of 3 disability claims end in denial. If your claim is denied, you need to know your next course of action. Talk to an attorney who handles disability claims.
But first, why does the SSA deny disability claims?
Generally, the SSA will deny a disability claim on the following grounds:
- If your impairment is not expected to last for at least 12 months or lead to death
- If your impairment is not severe enough to hinder you from working in your current role or finding other substantial, gainful employment
- If you do not follow through with your treatment regime
What do you do when your claim is denied?
Luckily, you can appeal a denied disability claim. And your first step towards this involves petitioning the SSA for reconsideration. For this, you must file your appeal within 60 days from the date of receiving your denial notice.
During the appeal, you need to provide the following:
- Additional evidence regarding your medical condition. Has your condition worsened since your last diagnosis? You need to provide an update on changes to your condition.
- Information regarding every medical test you have undertaken since your last disability report
- The treatments you are currently taking
Learning that your SSD claims have been denied can be devastating. Find out how you can safeguard your rights while handling your disability claims.