The process of submitting an initial application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits is complex and stressful. When you initially submit the application, you probably hope that that would be the last time you have to worry about proving your disability and that you will soon receive financial aid to help you during this difficult time.
Sadly, for a large number of people with a valid disability claim, an initial denial instead of an approval is the response that they received from the Social Security Administration. For many people facing that rejection, giving up on the claim is there a knee-jerk reaction, as they assume there aren’t many options available to them.
However, you have the right to appeal a denial of SSDI benefits, and many people actually do receive their benefits as the result of an appeal. Instead of giving up if the SSA denies your initial application, mentally prepare yourself for the potential of a claim denial and use the time prior to your appeal hearing to develop your case can make your appeal an easier, less stressful experience.
Gather evidence and documentation to support your claim
You probably submitted some medical records and a personal statement as part of your initial claim, but even minor issues with how you phrase things could impact the perceived seriousness of your disability. A physician using the wrong language or even an unusually severe case of an otherwise mild condition could prompt the denial of a totally valid claim.
Instead of viewing the denial of your initial application as a source of hardship, try to see it as an opportunity to collect more comprehensive evidence that will help validate your claim and make it easier for you to get the SSDI benefits you need to survive.
View your denial as a sign you may need expert help
If you attempted to submit your initial application on your own or with the help of a friend or family member, the denial of your claim could be a straightforward sign that you need more experienced assistance in navigating the complexities of the appeals process.
The more unique your circumstances or medical condition, the more important experienced help may be to building a claim that the administrative law judge can agree with during the appeal of your benefits claim. The sooner you take action and the more thorough you are, the better your chances of a successful appeal.