If you suffer from a debilitating condition that makes it impossible for you to work or care for your family properly, you may file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. But if the Social Security Administration denied your claim within a few months after you filed it, you may not know what to do about your situation. You can fight for your benefits with a Social Security Disability lawyer's assistance. Learn why the Social Security Administration denied your claim and how an attorney can help you appeal it.
Why Did You Get Denied?
You're not alone in your situation. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies over 60 percent of its applicants' claims the first time they apply for benefits. The denied applicants may not meet the administration's strict requirements, or the claimants may not turn in their medical evidence on time. The SSA may also deny your SSD claim if you fail to:
- cooperate with its medical doctors
- miss multiple appointments
- receive income from other sources other than work after you apply for SSD
Even if you don't fall into the categories above, the SSA can still deny your claim. In this case, you want to have a Social Security Disability attorney help you obtain your benefits.
Why Should You Appeal Your Denied Claim?
An attorney will need to request an appeal hearing for you. Although you can reapply for SSD, you want to appeal your denied claim instead. The administration can deny repeated claims if it wishes to do so. If you appeal your denied claim, you may have a better chance of obtaining your benefits afterward.
An attorney may go through your initial or first claim to see why the SSA denied it. You don't want to make the same mistakes again when you file an appeal. If you did anything to cause your denial, an attorney can help you correct it.
A lawyer may also instruct you to see additional or outside doctors for care. The doctors can document fresh information about your health and condition. Some conditions can become worse with time. If your medical condition changed or become worse, it may be enough to help you win your appeal.
An attorney will accompany you to your appeal's appointment and help you answer the SSA's questions properly. If you need help understanding the SSA's questions, consult an attorney right away.
If you need assistance with your denied SSD claim, contact a lawyer today.