Did you know that an average of two out of every three Social Security disability claims are initially rejected by the Social Security Administration (SSA)? If your application for benefits is initially denied, you are certainly not alone, and you should continue pursing benefits if you think you qualify for Social Security disability.
Act Quickly and Avoid Mistakes
If you have been wrongly denied disability benefits by the SSA, it’s important to act quickly and avoid common mistakes. More specifically:
- Don’t start the whole process over. There is a common misconception that after your application is denied, it is better to wait a while and then fill out another application. In fact, it is much better to review why your application was denied and address those concerns during an appeals hearing.
- Don’t miss your appeal deadline. Being rejected for benefits can be a letdown, and it can seem overwhelming to turn around immediately and collect information for an appeal. However, acting quickly after you receive the news is key to a successful appeal.
- Don’t stop treatment. Some people may think that since the government doesn’t think they have a disability, there is no reason to continue therapy, to refill prescriptions, or to follow doctors’ orders. This is an extremely dangerous and harmful mistake—one that can have dire consequence for both your health and your appeal.
- Don’t appeal without new information. It’s wonderful if you decide to appeal, but it is not helpful if you appeal without truly understanding why your initial application was not accepted. You will likely need to provide more information about your disability and medical care. Be sure to continue to keep track of your doctors’ visits, medical reports, and treatment regimen.
- Don’t give up. So many people are rejected for disability benefits after an initial denial that you could even consider the rejection part of the process. It is not the end of the road; it simply means that you need to provide more information to the SSA to receive benefits.
- Don’t reject the idea of asking for help. It can be difficult to reach out for help, especially if, like many of our clients, your disability has taught you how to be independent and rely on your own strength. However, the Social Security appeals process may not be the time to go it alone. A representative brings a lot to the table, including experience, knowledge and understanding.
Getting a Social Security disability benefits attorney to represent you during the appeals process is one way you can make certain you avoid the above pitfalls and submit the best appeal possible. Your lawyer will make sure you meet your deadlines, collect the needed evidence, and navigate the SSA’s red tape.
At Morgan & Weisbrod, we have helped hundreds of disabled Texans secure the benefits they deserved. If your initial appeal has been rejected, we may be able to help you. Call us today at 800-800-6353 to learn more.
by Paul B. Burkhalter Managing Partner of Morgan & Weisbrod, Board Certified in Social Security Disability Law.