Don't Give Up: Appealing Your Social Security Claim

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The process for applying for Social Security disability is undoubtedly long and complex. Often, applicants are disappointed to learn that their initial effort to get those valuable benefits is denied, leaving them disheartened and weary of the process. The good news is that you will have the opportunity to appeal the adverse ruling and get your benefits approved. Read on to learn more about the steps you need to take to ensure that you get the benefits that you need and deserve.

Take action quickly

When your benefits get denied, you will be informed via the mail. Read that letter carefully and take special note of the dates for appealing the ruling. From the date of the letter you will have only 60 days to file your appeal, or you might need to begin the entire application routine all over again. Having an attorney to help you with your appeal will mean not only being prepared for the appeal hearing, but not missing that tight deadline.

Get your medical records ready

There is nothing more important to your Social Security claim than your medical records. You must have a medical condition that the Social Security Administration (SSA) recognizes and you must show that you have been receiving medical treatment for that condition. Not being able to prove your medical condition is a very common reason for getting denied, so if you don't already have those records, you may want to get some professional legal assistance on your side. Your attorney knows how to quickly access those records and how to procure the necessary proof of your medical condition.

Be ready for your appeals hearing

Once you have filed for your appeal, you will be provided with a hearing time and date. While this is not usually a formal affair, it is very easy to feel intimidated by the event. You will need to appear before an appeals officer and answer questions about your disability and your inability to do your job because of it. Your Social Security attorney will be an invaluable asset when it comes to knowing what to expect at your hearing, especially when you consider their experience with local hearings and personal knowledge of the process and people involved.

If you have been denied your Social Security disability benefits, speak to an attorney as soon as you get your denial letter and get some needed support to prepare for your appeal hearing.


27 September 2017