If you applied for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits only to be denied, there is hope. Almost half of all disability denials are reversed on appeal, according to the Social Security Administration.
Here are several helpful facts to understand the disability appeals process:
1. It’s important to appeal promptly.
The SSA gives you 60 days from the denial of benefits date to appeal that denial (65 days if you received the denial notice by mail). If you don’t file within 60 days, you may lose your chance to appeal. It is important to file your appeal promptly. If you want to work with a lawyer, choose one without delay.
2. An appeal can help you fix mistakes.
Sometimes, your claim is denied because Social Security made a mistake in evaluating your initial information. Your appeal is your chance to fix these mistakes or provide additional information (for instance, if your condition has gotten worse). If you’re uncertain which mistakes can best be addressed by an appeal, talk to a lawyer.
3. If your appeal is denied, you don’t have to quit.
There are four levels of the appeal process. The first is called “reconsideration.” If your claim is denied here, you can move to the second level and request a hearing before an administrative law judge. The third level allows you to appeal to the Social Security National Appeals Court, while the fourth is filing a federal lawsuit.
While very few cases have to go through all four levels of appeal, it’s important to know they exist so that you don’t get discouraged too soon. Your attorney can help you prepare the best possible case.
If you’re considering an appeal of your disability benefits denial, the attorneys at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza can help. To learn more, contact us by calling 866-567-0135 or by filling out our convenient online contact form to get started today.
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