Being denied Social Security Disability can be demotivating; luckily, it doesn’t have to mean the end of the road – you can still file an appeal for your application to be approved. There are a few steps to check off your list, but if you follow these objectives swiftly and accurately, you can attempt to have your appeal approved and receive your SSD benefits.
The Appeal Process Checklist
While no one can promise you that your Social Security Disability appeal will be approved, crossing off the checklist below will better your chances. Whether it’s acting quickly, using common courtesy, or inquiring with supportive resources, all of the following aspects will assist you in your attempt to appeal a denial. Let’s take a look at all of the actions you should consider when filing an appeal:
- Follow Guidelines – When you first receive your letter of denial, it will state all of the proper guidelines for the next steps you’re allowed to take. It will also explain the reason your request was denied. It’s important to pay attention to these guidelines as they could help you craft a more accurate appeal letter that will help those on the receiving end better understand your situation.
- Act Fast – It’s important to write your appeal and send it off quickly. After you’re denied Social Security Disability, you only have two months to submit an appeal before the case is officially dismissed. It should be noted that sometimes this timeline is misunderstood. As long as your appeal is submitted within the first two months the length of the rest of the process may vary. In some instances, hearings can last much longer, and the appeal could take 3 to 6 months to finally be approved.
- Practice Common Courtesy – When conversing with officials within the federal government it’s important to be as transparent and nice as possible. Explain your situation, but try not to do so in an accusatory manner. It’s normal to feel frustrated by an SSD denial. So take some time, regroup, and gather your thoughts before you communicate your appeal to the Social Security department.
- Find Supportive Resources – It’s hard to turn down an argument that has supporting evidence. Before filing your appeal, you should find a medical professional who supports your case. If you’re able to include an official document stating your condition and need for Social Security Disability it can make your appeal hard to refute. It’s also beneficial to seek a doctor’s advice when it comes to your specific disability. If a doctor advises that your recovery time e significant, be sure to include that in your appeal.
- Consider Legal Support – When dealing with any sort of government-run organization, legal assistance can be beneficial in understanding your rights. When it comes to filing an appeal for Social Security Disability, an attorney can not only help you draft a sufficient letter, but they can help you better your alternative options. Having an expert on deck or in your back pocket will give you the confidence you need to avoid any obstacles in the appeal process.
At Bridges, Jillisky, Weller & Gullifer, LLC, our team of legal professionals is here to assist you through the SSD process. Not only does our team of attorneys treat each client with respect and care, but we also strive for favorable resolutions. Call us today for a free over-the-phone consultation: (937) 403-9033.