What Do I Do If My SSDI Claim is Denied?

What Do I Do If My SSDI Claim is Denied?

If you are feeling stuck and confused after your SSDI claim was denied, you are not alone. Receiving a denial for your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim can be disheartening and discouraging, but there are steps you can take to appeal the decision and increase your chances of the ideal outcome. Our SSDI attorneys are available to assist you in this situation.

What is Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI)?

Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program providing financial assistance to individuals who cannot work because of a qualifying disability. These disabilities must meet Social Security Administration’s definition of disability, and applicants must provide medical evidence to support their disability claims. Another significant requirement for SSDI benefits is that applicants must have worked in jobs where they paid into Social Security and have enough work credits to qualify.

Denial of an SSDI Claim

Applicants who are denied SSDI benefits will receive a denial letter in the mail. Before preparing and filing the appeal, you should carefully review the letter to understand the reasons provided for your denial, and you can clarify with the Social Security Administration if the reasons are unclear.

To prepare for the appeal:

  • You should compile any additional medical records or doctor notes that support your disability claims. If one of the reasons for your denial was the lack of supporting documentation, then additional evidence can support your case.
  • You must file your appeal promptly, and choose the appropriate level for your claim. There are four types of levels of appeals for SSDI claims, including a review by the Appeals Council or a federal court review, and you and your lawyer must determine what is the best for your case.
  • You should be prepared to present your case for hearings. To do so, practice answering questions about your symptoms, limitations, and medical history. However, it is in a claimant’s best interest to hire an experienced attorney to represent them at a hearing.

Seek Legal Assistance if Your SSDI Claim Was Denied

The process of navigating SSDI claims can be overwhelming on your own, and experienced attorneys can help advocate for you when appealing a denial. It is worth it to avoid the headache and the time it takes to finally sort it all out.

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Jan Dils, Attorneys at Law

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