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How do I appeal a denied disability claim?

On Behalf of | Mar 4, 2021 | Social Security Disability

Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) can be very difficult to do. There are a lot of hoops to jump through, and the Social Security Administration (SSA) will likely require a great deal of information from you. If you fail to provide enough information when you make a claim, you may have your application denied, and you will have to take further action to gain the disability benefits that you deserve.

If you believe that you are entitled to SSD benefits but have had your claim denied, it is important that you do not give up. It is common to have your claim denied and go on to make a successful appeal. To do this, you will need to understand the process in full. The following is an overview of the process.

Submit new evidence with a request for reconsideration

The first and perhaps most effective action you can take to appeal a denied SSD claim is to file a request for reconsideration alongside new evidence. This new evidence could, for example, be an additional medical report or statement from your doctor. Your doctor should be able to give a statement to explain your ability to perform work-related activities as well as put forward a prognosis for your condition.

What are the rules for filing a request for reconsideration?

When you receive a letter from the SSA to inform you of your application denial, you have 60 days to file your request for reconsideration. It is important that you meet this deadline because otherwise, your request is likely to be rejected. When submitting your new evidence, you should look carefully at the reasoning behind your application denial and make sure that the new evidence addresses all the points made.

If you have recently had an SSD application denied, make sure that you take action to understand your legal right to disability benefits and how you can make a successful claim.


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