If you are unable to work due to a disability, you may qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (SSDI). Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration (SSA) may deny your claim even if you meet the eligibility requirements. Here’s what you need to do to protect your legal rights if you are in this situation.
Why SSDI Claims Are Denied
There are many reasons that the SSA could deny an application for Social Security disability benefits. Here are some common reasons:
- There was insufficient medical evidence documenting the disability.
- An initial application was denied, and the individual filed a new one instead of appealing the decision or taking other steps.
- The applicant continued to work while the SSA reviewed their claim and made too much money to qualify for SSDI benefits.
- The person failed to follow their doctor’s advice on needed medical treatments.
- The applicant did not cooperate with the SSA when they requested additional information.
Four Steps to Take If Your Application for Benefits Is Denied
If your claim is denied, you do not have to accept the SSA’s decision. There are steps that you can and should take to fight the denial of your request for benefits if you are truly disabled. Here are four important actions to take to protect your rights:
- Reconsideration. If the SSA denies your application, they will send you a letter advising you of the reasons for their decision. You have the right to request a reconsideration and have them review your entire file.
- Appeal. If your application is denied after you request a reconsideration, you can file an appeal and request a hearing. Your case would be decided by an administrative law judge after a hearing where you and your witnesses testify and submit evidence proving your disability.
- Medical evidence. It may be helpful to submit additional medical evidence and have your doctor complete a residential function capacity form and provide any other additional information that supports your claim.
- Attorney. If you have not already done so, you should retain an experienced Social Security disability lawyer to help you fight the denial and submit the evidence you need to prove your disability so that your application for SSDI benefits is approved.
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