It’s tempting to give in to feelings despair after you’ve been notified of an unfavorable decision on your disability benefits claim appeal. This could be the third or even the fourth time you’ve been denied.
Because the process takes so long—even when it goes well—you could be dealing with tremendous financial hardships by this point, with no idea how you are going to make ends meet. Now more than ever, however, it is crucial that you review the state of your claim and inventory your current options.
Included with denial notification, you’ll find the exhibit list associated with your claim file. The list serves as a table of contents for all the documents associated with your case. If the exhibit list isn’t included with the notification, record the omission immediately and contact your attorney for further instructions.
Once you are able to review your exhibit list, review it in detail to make sure your claim file contains every relevant record, report, test and evaluation. You may be able to have your claim reconsidered if:
- The exhibit list wasn’t included with your denial notification.
- A document was omitted from the exhibit file.
- Information hadn’t been updated to reflect new findings that would have influenced the ALJ’s decision.
Once you’ve been denied disability benefits from Social Security, working with a Houston disability benefits attorney is essential to obtaining the financial support you need because you are unable to work. Schedule a free case review today by filling out the online form or calling 800-800-6353. Be sure to get our book, Social Security Disability: What You Need to Know available to you free.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.