Spondylosis Is a condition that can result in neck pain, weakness in the limbs, lack of coordination, and other such physical limitations. If you have this condition, your symptoms might prevent you from engaging in work-related tasks.
When you can't work and earn an income to cover the cost of your basic needs, you may be eligible to receive disability benefits through the US Social Security Administration (SSA). However, when applying for said benefits, it's important to understand that the SSA typically denies initial applications. If the SSA denies your application, you may continue to pursue the benefits you believe you deserve by filing an appeal.
Filing An Appeal For Disability Benefits With Spondylosis
Any claimant can file an appeal when the SSA denies an application for benefits. Along with filing the appeal yourself, you could hire a lawyer or assign a representative to file an appeal on your behalf. You can file the appeal in person at your local SSA office, online, or by calling the SSA's toll free number.
The appeal process usually involves the following steps. If any of these steps results in an approval, the process stops and the next steps are unnecessary:
- A reconsideration, which involves someone who was not involved in reviewing your claim the first time around reviewing it independently and coming to their own conclusion regarding your eligibility for benefits
- A hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)
- A review by an Appeals Council
- A federal district court review, which may require filing a lawsuit
How To File a Successful Appeal For Disability Benefits With Spondylosis
There are various ways you might strengthen your claim during the appeal process. Examples to consider include:
- Gathering more medical evidence to show your symptoms are severe enough to prevent you from working, and that your condition is expected to last at least 12 months
- Completing and providing the results of a Residual Functional Capacity (RFC) assessment, which involves a doctor evaluating whether your physical condition may prevent you from working and earning an income
- Continuing to follow treatment plans
Filing an appeal in a timely manner is also essential. Once the SSA denies your claim, you have 60 days to file an appeal.
Why Was My Spondylosis Claim Denied?
The SSA may cite a range of potential reasons for denying a claim for disability benefits. The following are common examples:
- A claimant didn’t provide enough medical evidence to show their condition prevents them from working
- A claimant didn’t provide evidence showing their condition is expected to last at least 12 months
- A claimant isn’t following treatment plans
- You have other financial resources and therefore don’t need benefits
Get Help With Your Appeal
The process of filing an appeal when the SSA denies a claim isn’t one you have to navigate on your own. To potentially improve your chances of receiving an approval, strongly consider enlisting the help of a disability lawyer. Fill out the Free Case Evaluation to get connected with an independent attorney who subscribes to the website and may be able to help with your case.