It is extremely disappointing to learn that your application for Social Security disability benefits has been denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). However, it is extremely important to know that the SSA denies two out of three of the disability claims it receives and that mistakes do happen.
If your SSDI disability claim or SSI disability claim has been wrongfully denied, it is important to act quickly:
- Understand why your claim is denied. Just because your claim was denied doesn’t mean that you aren’t disabled or that you are able to work despite your disability. You could have failed to provide medical records, failed to prove that you can’t work, or simply not filled out paperwork correctly.
- Request an appeal within 60 days. Generally, you have two months to officially appeal your claim. The faster you file your appeal, the faster you will proceed through the appeals process and secure the benefits you deserve.
- Don’t simply reapply for benefits. Far too many applicants make the mistake of reapplying from the beginning of the process instead of appealing their original claim. In many of these cases, your benefits will be denied again, and you will once again be faced with the option to appeal.
- Contact a legal representative. An experienced Texas disability attorney can help you understand exactly why your claim was denied and help you successfully through the appeals process. At the very least, a lawyer can help you decide whether an appeal is worthwhile. To speak with a Dallas Social Security lawyer today, call Morgan & Weisbrod at (214) 373-3761.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.