Not all claims for Social Security benefits are successful. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies most first-time applicants for various reasons such as mistakes in the paperwork, lack of medical evidence, or if the applicant’s disability is not serious enough or expected to last over 12 months.
Fortunately, you have the option of appealing a denied claim. Many appeals sail through when done right, overturning the earlier decision to deny you disability benefits.
Here is what you need to do if your Social Security Disability claim is unsuccessful.
Understand why your claim has been denied
Before responding to a denied claim, you first need to understand the reasons provided by the Social Security Administration. The SSA will explain its decision in a denial letter which you should keenly go through.
While some things can be quickly sorted out, such as missing details or information, other reasons may require you to go through the appeals process.
Go through the appeals process works
There are four levels of appeal following which you may need to get through. Your claim may be approved at any of these stages. They are as follows:
- Request for consideration
- Hearing before a judge
- Review by the appeals council
- Federal court review
Each level of appeal has different requirements and procedures. Therefore, it is advisable to learn more about how the appeals process works and if there is anything you can do to boost your chances. For instance, you can submit new evidence to support your claim at certain stages of the appeal.
Safeguarding your interests
If your disability claim has been denied, it is necessary to seek guidance on the ideal way to handle your case. An informed evaluation of your situation will help you make the best decision that will protect your interests.