It’s not uncommon for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to deny perfectly legitimate disability claims. In other words, just because your claim was rejected doesn’t necessarily mean you’re ineligible for benefits. By filing an appeal, you may be able to secure them. If your Social Security disability claim was recently denied, here are a few tips for appealing the SSA’s decision.
How to Appeal Your Social Security Disability Denial
1. Stay on Top of All Deadlines
Following every decision in the application process, you have 60 days—and five mailing days—to submit a written appeal. If you fail to meet this deadline, your request will most likely be dismissed. In such a scenario, the only way to proceed would be by filing a new application.
2. Obtain More Current Records
It’s wise to include updated medical records in the appeal. Before reconsidering their decision, the SSA will likely request such records anyway. Sending them with the initial packet will prevent unnecessary delays. Otherwise, you could be left waiting weeks or even months for your medical providers to respond to the SSA’s request.
3. Seek Advice From a Professional
Since your financial security is undoubtedly at stake, it’s wise to turn to a professional for help while putting together an appeal. A Social Security disability attorney can determine why your application was denied in the first place, and they know exactly what to include in the appeal to prove your eligibility for benefits.
If your application for Social Security disability benefits was denied, turn to The Gil Law Firm in Dothan, AL, for guidance. Since 2000, this practice has been helping injured and disabled parties throughout Alabama, Georgia, and Florida recover the funds they need to rebuild their lives. They also assist with bankruptcy filings because they know how valuable a clean slate can be. To learn more about the compassionate counsel they provide, visit their website. To request a consultation, call (334) 673-0100.