Social security disability benefits can provide you with the support you need to focus exclusively on your recovery. However, if the SSA denies your claim, what comes next?
Knowing your options might help you identify a solution before you dismiss the hope of receiving benefits altogether.
Appealing a denied claim
The SSA’s decision to deny your claim might not be the end. You have the right to appeal their decision and try again to make a persuasive case. According to the Social Security Administration, once you receive a notice informing you of the claim denial, you have 60 days to submit a notice of appeal. Allowing this time to lapse will void your chance to appeal and you may need to begin the application process over completely.
Prior to filing an appeal, carefully reassess the information you have about your condition. Some common reasons for the SSA to deny appeals include inadequate medical information, ignorance of prescribed treatments and refusing to comply with required guidelines. Verifying the accuracy of your information, adding detail and strengthening the evidence of your disability might all help you secure a different outcome.
Planning your future
If you do succeed at overturning the SSA’s decision, you will receive a notice informing you of when your benefits will begin. Make sure you understand the requirements you must follow so you can avoid any penalties. For example, if you decide to enter the workforce again, you need to notify the SSA so they can adjust your benefits accordingly. Failure to do so could jeopardize your benefits and result in legal repercussions.
Given the significant support that SSD benefits provide, you have nothing to lose when you file an appeal. With the right help and legal counsel, you might identify solutions that will enable you to get a satisfactory result.