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3 steps to improve your chances of winning an SSDI appeal

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2024 | Social Security Disability |

The Social Security Administration (SSA) takes time to closely examine all Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications. This helps to ensure that only applicants who meet the stringent criteria for disability benefits receive approval. As a result, most first-time applicants are denied and have to go through an appeal process to be reconsidered.

Appealing the SSA denial is a process by which applicants can challenge an initial decision and present additional evidence to support their claim for SSDI benefits. There are several key steps you can take to improve your chances of succeeding in an SSDI appeal.

Understand why your initial application was denied

The first thing before appealing the SSA denial is to understand why your initial application was denied. The SSA sends a letter detailing the reasons for denial, which may include insufficient medical evidence, failure to meet the requirements for disability, or incomplete application forms. Understanding the specific reasons for denial can help you address those issues in your appeal.

Stay organized and observe deadlines

You are supposed to notify the SSA of your intent to appeal within 60 days of receiving the denial letter. It’s important to stay organized and keep track of all deadlines related to your appeal. Missed deadlines can result in your appeal being dismissed, so be sure to mark your calendar and set reminders for important dates.

Gather additional medical evidence

One common reason for SSDI denials is the lack of enough medical evidence to support your disability claim. To strengthen your appeal, gather all relevant documentation that supports your disability. You may also consider obtaining statements from healthcare providers outlining the severity of your condition and how it impacts your ability to work.

While getting your SSDI application denied can be frustrating, seeking legal counsel can help you to move through the appeals process more effectively and better ensure that you have all the necessary documentation and evidence to strengthen your case.

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