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Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) denials are far more common than you might realize. Benefits are denied for a number of reasons, but the good news is that those denied SSDI can appeal the decision of the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you were denied benefits, you might be intimidated at the thought of filing an appeal.  You already went through the application, only to be faced now with more time and work. That’s why we’ve broken down the basic steps of filing an SSDI appeal and how you can get help with the process. 

Appeal on Time

After your initial application, you will receive a decision letter by mail from the SSA. If your application was denied, you have 60 days from the date you received the letter to file an appeal. The appeals process can look different for everyone, but the first step is to review your denial letter. As soon as you receive the letter, go over all the details including the reason for the denial. Once you know the reason that your SSDI claim was denied, you can start the process of filing an appeal. 

Fill Out Paperwork

Depending on your reason for denial, you will have a different form to fill out to appeal. For example, if you were denied for medical reasons, you’ll need to fill out several forms such as a Request for Reconsideration and Disability Report – Appeal. The Request for Consideration form is required for all SSDI appeals. On that form, the person filing the appeal will choose a case review or informal conference. A case review allows you to add more facts and information to your file to support your case. If you’d prefer to meet in person to explain your case, you can choose an informal conference. Those appealing lowered SSDI payments must fill out different forms, and your attorney can help you find the correct paperwork for your specific circumstance. Sending in completed forms and paperwork on time is one of the best ways to increase your chances of SSDI approval. 

Provide Medical Evidence

Missing medical evidence is one of the most common reasons for SSDI denials. Medical evidence serves as proof that you meet the SSA’s definition of a disability and are eligible for SSDI. Your medical evidence should include information such as diagnosis date, symptoms, and limitations caused by your disability. The medical evidence must come from an accepted source as recognized by the SSA, such as a licensed doctor or optometrist. Documents like lab results and assessments can serve as proof of your disability and how it affects your everyday life.

Hire an Attorney

It’s understandable to feel discouraged after an SSDI denial. However, it’s important to know that a denial isn’t always the end of the road, and denials are far more common than you think. Hiring an SSDI attorney can help you file an appeal with the assistance of an expert. For some, the stress of the entire process is too much to handle alone; for others, a disability may impact the ability to perform all the required tasks. With the help of a specialized lawyer, you can go through your appeal with more confidence. From paperwork to representing you at a hearing, your attorney is there to support you and set you up for success. 

Do You Have Questions for an SSDI Appeals Attorney?

The American Disabilities Action Group is an experienced team of SSDI lawyers who are ready to help you with your case. Our knowledge of social security disability laws and processes has helped our clients across the country with their unique cases. If you received a denial and have questions for an expert, contact the ADA Group today to schedule a free consultation.