My Disability Claim was Denied. How do I Appeal it?
The first step in appealing a denied Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim is to file a "Request for Reconsideration." There is a timeline for filing this paperwork, but a disability attorney can make the entire process easier for you and your family.
Whether your claim is with the Social Security Administration, insurance companies, or the Department of Veterans Affairs, hiring an experienced attorney is essential to getting help in the appeals process.
When Should I File a Request for Reconsideration?
When you get a denial letter from Social Security in the mail, you need to act immediately. You have 60 days from the date of denial to file an appeal. If you don't file an appeal for your denied benefits within 60 days, you have to reapply completely for disability benefits.
How Does A Request for Reconsideration Help My Claim?
A Request for Reconsideration is handled by someone who has no familiarity with your case. In other words, the person who decided your initial claim is not involved in the appeal. You can provide new evidence and documentation as well. If your condition has gotten worse, or you've developed new conditions, be sure to include new medical documentation and a statement saying how your health is affecting your ability to work.
If there are complicated elements to your claim, such as the date that the SSA determined your disability, you have the option to meet with a representative to discuss your appeal. Usually, this isn't necessary because additional medical or employment evidence can be submitted during the reconsideration period. Your disability benefits attorney will inform you of your rights and options during this step in the appeals process.
Do I Need an Attorney to Appeal My Denied Claim?
The SSA receives millions of appeal requests per year, so they need substantial evidence that their initial decision was wrong. You may be able to list your ailments and how they affect your life, but an attorney can present the SSA with a complete picture of your disability. This means submitting medical records, employment and earnings history, personal statements, and more.
The paperwork involved in a Request for Reconsideration can be overwhelming. With the help of an experienced disability attorney, you don't have to worry about the deadlines and process involved.