A denial for Social Security disability benefits can be disheartening. However, it could mean that you will not receive the financial and medical assistance that you need. If you are denied, you can file an appeal. Before doing so, consider these questions.
What Was the Reason for the Denial?
After the denial, you must decide on an argument for the appeal. The best place to start is by reviewing the denial letter that you received. The letter will detail exactly why the Social Security Administration, or SSA, denied your case.
There are several reasons that applications are denied. One of the most common is the SSA feels that the applicant did not provide enough evidence to support his or her claim of disability. Another potential reason is that the applicant did not respond to requests from the SSA for additional information.
Does a Denial Mean You Are Not Considered Disabled?
A misconception about a SSA denial is that the agency does not believe the applicant to be disabled. That is not always true. In some cases, the application is denied due to not meeting other requirements.
For instance, you could be denied if your substantial gain activity is more than the amount allowed by the SSA. A denial could also result if you had not worked long enough to qualify for benefits. The SSA relies on a chart to determine how long an applicant must work to be qualified for benefits at his or her age.
What Can You Do?
The obvious answer is to file for an appeal. However, you must be careful in your approach to the appeal. In your appeal, you must answer the reason for the denial. If not, filing for an appeal could be a waste of time.
If your denial was for a lack of evidence, you can start by verifying that all your medical care providers gave the SSA your medical records. If not, you need to obtain copies and turn them into the SSA yourself.
If the denial was based on income, you need to prove that you do meet the income requirements. For instance, if the SSA claimed you earned too much, you need to provide accurate paycheck statements showing your actual income.
A social security attorney can help you sort through the appeals process and help you formulate a response to a denial. He or she can pinpoint what went wrong and correct it for you.Share
11 July 2017
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