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What to do if your Social Security Disability claim is denied

More often than not, an SSD (Social Security Disability) claim goes through a denial than an approval during its initial processing. It happens at such a common level; the measurement is approximately one-third of every claim receive approval. That doesn't mean the other two-thirds of the claims receiving a denial have no recourse. On the contrary, these claims may be able to file an appeal and seek the help of an attorney to assist them.

File An Appeal Immediately

If you've received a denial, it's important that you file an appeal immediately rather than waiting. It's common to feel frustration and overwhelmed by the process, but the appeal must occur within 60 days of the date you received a letter for your denial. Depending on what state you live in, the form you need to file is either referred to as a:

  • Request for reconsideration
  • Request for hearing before an administrative law judge

You're going to need to gather pertinent information for your appeal before scheduling a hearing. This information includes your personal information that was part of your original claim including your name, address, social security number, and phone number. Additional personal information including the date the denial came in, as well as the name of your representative, the phone number, and address.

Medical information that was part of your original claim must also be part of your appeal, as well. Therefore, you must gather medical information including the name, phone number, and address of someone who can be contacted regarding your health condition (preferably a friend or relative). If there are changes in your condition or new circumstances that have come up since filing, and dates of visits to providers related to your conditions. The names, addresses, and phone numbers of each provider must also be included. Your medications, as well as all side effects, and the providers who prescribed them must be listed. You must also thoroughly describe all changes in your daily routines, education, activities, and work.

When To Hire An Attorney To Appeal

Because the appeals process is a complex one, it's a good idea to seek legal representation to file your Social Security Disability appeal. That way, you do not forget to file any pertinent paperwork. Gather all supporting documents you have to provide to your lawyer, so they have a clear picture of what to present to the Social Security Administration, and you are likely to receive a positive decision. Contact an attorney today for a free consultation.

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