If your Social Security Disability or SSI benefit claim has been denied, you are not alone. In fact, it is more common than not for such a disability claim to be initially denied. Fortunately, you still have options. Here, we discuss what happens, or what can happen if, if your disability claim is denied.
What happens if your disability claim is denied?
You have 60 days after your disability claim has been denied in order to request an appeal. Make an official request to appeal your denial as quickly as possible. The appeals process can take quite a bit of time and so you should start the process right away. It is surprising that most disability claims do not end up being appealed. It may simply be a matter of claimants getting too easily and too quickly frustrated with the process. Appeals, however, have a solid chance of being successful and claimants initially denied benefits should always appeal the denial.
Sometimes, claimants make a conscious choice not to appeal because they have essentially given up on the process. In other cases, a claimant may wait too long to file an appeal and it is then too late to do so. Other times, a claimant may choose to file a new claim instead of appealing the denial of the original claim. This, however, is not advisable. Not only will filing a new claim result in losing your right to appeal the denial of your claim, but you will have to start from the very beginning of the application process. On top of all this, it is likely that your claim will be denied once again, likely due to the same reason the original claim was denied.
During the disability claims appeals process, a claimant has one of the strongest possibilities of getting a claim approved and being awarded disability benefits. Avoid the waste of time and effort that can go into trying to file a new application as opposed to asserting your right to appeal the denial of your claim.
In your notice of denial, you will be provided the reasoning for the denial of your claim. Again, a denial does not necessarily mean that you do not have a qualifying disability. There can be a number of other reasons for a denial, such as failure to provide sufficient medical evidence to support your disabling condition.
Suffering from a disabling injury or illness can be overwhelming in and of itself. On top of this, you may be facing some significant financial pressure and you are looking to disability benefits to help alleviate some of this stress. After all of the headaches involved in completing your application, you get denied the benefits you so very much need. It can all be too much to handle. That is why Seelig Law Group provides unwavering support to our clients throughout the disability claims process. Contact us today.