Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be a welcome relief for qualified individuals. These federal benefits can make all the difference when you are overwhelmed by the high cost of living and medical bills.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for a seemingly valid disability claim to be denied. In fact, thousands of claims end in denial each year. If your claim is denied, you deserve to know what went wrong so you can explore your appeal options.
Here is what you need to know if you plan on appealing a denied disability claim.
Time is of the essence
Most legal appeals are bound by time. If your claim is denied, the Social Security Administration (SSA) will notify you about this in writing. As soon as you receive this letter, you have 60 days to appeal the decision. Your appeal will likely be refused if you let this time period run out.
An appeal letter can make a difference
The SSA’s appeal form provides a brief slot where you can explain why you believe the denial was erroneous. Fortunately, you are free to provide an appeal letter explaining your situation. Before drafting your appeal letter, be sure to read and understand the reasons for the denial (also known as an explanation of determination).
You can provide additional evidence
If your condition has worsened since you first applied for the disability benefits, you need to provide evidence of this. In fact, it may be useful if you could attach a copy of your latest treatment report.
Your SSD claims can be denied on several grounds. However, a denied claim is not necessarily the end of the road. Understanding why your original disability benefits claim was denied can help you come up with a strong appeal. Contact an attorney who handles these appeals for assistance. Your chance of success will increase significantly.