You did everything you could to provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) with the information they would need to make a decision about your disability claim. You filled out the documents as well as you could with the information you had on hand.

You were surprised when you received a denial letter. You have been unable to work in months, and your pain hinders you from doing many of the things you love. You just want to know that your financial stress is going to be resolved. What should you do?

Every Social Security Disability claim is different

You should know that every claim is different, and the information that you’re asked to provide needs to be thoroughly covered. A denial when you’re obviously disabled is usually a result of missing something in your application. For example, maybe an important letter from your medical provider accidentally missed getting mailed out with your application. Perhaps you forgot a supporting document that would show that you’re not working.

If you receive a denial, you’ll be able to appeal, but you want to make sure that you get it right. The process of appealing can be long, but you need to start the appeal as soon as you can. If you want your attorney to help, you should talk to them soon after receiving the notice, since you have only 60 days from the date in the letter to file your appeal. If you wait longer than that, you’ll have to start your claim over completely.

Your attorney will be able to talk to you about the reason you were denied and help you put together an appeal that helps the SSA understand why your claim should be approved.