Have You Been Denied Social Security Disability Benefits?

What You Should Do If You Were Denied Disability

If you are denied Social Security disability benefits, it may not be your fault. There are several reasons why the SSA may deny your application, but now that the SSA has denied your disability application it is important to take action as soon as possible.

The reason for your denial will be disclosed on the last page of your denial letter from the SSA.  It will most likely say that you are capable of doing sedentary, light, medium, or heavy work. If that is why you were denied you'll have to show the SSA that they're wrong and that you're either unable to work at all or unable to work the job that they say you can do. Your doctor(s) and other medical sources must provide evidence that your medical condition is so severe that you are unable to work.

Why You Shouldn't Wait If You've Been Denied

You have 60 days after receiving your initial denial to file a Request for Reconsideration. Reconsideration means requesting another SSA medical examiner to evaluate your file. If you've had more treatment since the previous time Social Security received information, the SSA may request new documents on your behalf.

Get Help With Your Appeal

At this stage, you may want to consult with an attorney. If you are denied again, the next step is to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. When requesting the hearing, it is best to have an attorney present. It is not mandatory, but if you arrive at a hearing without a counsel, the Judge may advise you to get one before continuing.  

Fill out a free case evaluation form to get your appeal started today.

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