Social Security Disability (SSD) applications go through a lengthy review process by the Social Security Administration (SSA). If an application is rejected, the applicant has a few options. SSA allows applicants to appeal their rejected applications. Knowing what to do in the event that your application is rejected can help you claim the disability benefits you need and are entitled to have.
Seek Further Information If You're Rejected
If the SSA rejects your application for disability, your first course of action should be to review the case and find out why. In their letter, the Social Security Administration will provide you with an explanation that will tell you the general reason for the rejection.
While it is helpful to read the comments provided in the letter, the most useful information about your rejection will be written in the copy of your file. To find out whether or not you should appeal your case, start by requesting a copy of your file.
Know When to Appeal Your Case
The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies applications for disability for a variety of reasons, including:
- Condition lacks severity.
- Failure to follow prescription.
- Tha applicant has an income that is too high.
- The SSA was unable to contact the applicant.
- The applicant's disability is not long term.
- The applicant is a criminal.
- The applicant's disability is due to alcoholism or drug addiction.
In your file, you may see comments relating back to one or several of these reasons. If you can legitimately dispute one or more of these reasons, then an appeal could be decided in your favor.
Comb Your File Thoroughly
Sit down to go through your file more carefully. Make a note of:
- Any comments or notations that are either incorrect or can be disputed.
- Evidence that some medical documents have not been reviewed at all.
- Cases wherein information that formed the basis of the rejection has now changed.
Once you've gone over your file and made a note of any red flags that could help your case, contact an experienced attorney, like those at the Law Offices Of Russell J. Goldsmith. Don't let your application be denied a second time. Make an appointment with your social security disability lawyer today. He or she will be able to explain more thoroughly why your original application might have been denied, and advise you on your next steps with the Social Security Administration. Together, you two may be able to put together an application that the SSA will accept.