Those unable to work at their jobs may be able to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). In most cases, very few are approved for benefits with an initial application. Instead, many applicants who manage to get benefits do so by formally appealing the initial Social Security Administration (SSA) denial decision. The appeals process has several rules and precautions to learn about, so read on and learn how to handle your benefits denial properly.
Pay Attention to the Deadline
Many filers are caught by surprise when time runs out to file for an appeal. You only have 60 days to take action from the date on the denial letter. Unless you can show that you were hospitalized, sick, or otherwise unable to attend to the deadline, you will have to submit an entirely new application for benefits to the SSA. As with all things connected to the benefits process, you can expect to wait for several months before your appeal can be heard. The sooner you file for the appeal, the sooner you will have your benefits approved.
Locate a Social Security Attorney
Having an experienced, professional advocate on your side while your case is under appeal is vital. Your claim for benefits got denied for a reason and many applicants are confused or unsure of what needs to done to correct the problem the SSA has with the information provided in the initial application. Some applicants fail to seek legal help due to cost considerations, however, no upfront money is needed to hire a Social Security attorney. Instead, you will form an agreement with the attorney for representation based on payment of your back pay. This is known as a contingency fee arrangement and the attorney is not paid unless you win your case and are paid your benefits to include back pay.
Don't Lose Hope or Contact
Being turned down for the benefits you need can feel devastating but you should know that many applicants are approved as a result of a successful appeal appearance. Your chances of being approved are far greater once you are working with an attorney who understands what is needed and will work to make your need for benefits obvious to the administrative law judge. During your wait, stay in contact with the attorney's office and make sure they have a way of contacting you by providing them with phone numbers and a good mailing address. As an aside, you should continue to seek medical treatment for your condition while you await your appeal. Don't allow any interruptions in care to keep you from being approved.
To learn more, speak to a Social Security lawyer.