Each year, tens of thousands of disabled Americans file for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Unfortunately, a vast majority of these applications are denied for a variety of reasons. If your disability claim is denied, it helps to note that you can file an appeal.
However, the SSD appeals process comprises a number of stages. Each stage has its set of rules and regulations. Here are three tips that can help improve your odds of success while petitioning for a reconsideration of your denied claim:
File your appeal in time
As soon as the Social Security Authority arrives at a decision regarding your disability claim, they will communicate the outcome in writing. Once you receive the denial letter, you have 60 days from the date indicated on the letter of denial to file your appeal. It is important that you gather all the necessary documentation and appeal your SSD denial within 60 days. You risk having your appeal denied if you let this timeframe lapse.
Get your paperwork together
Appealing a denied SSD claim involves a significant amount of paperwork. You will be required to fill and submit a Request for Reconsideration Form (Form SSA-561) alongside the Reconsideration Disability Report. This form basically reiterates the information in your original application and contains additional information that is relevant to your appeal. You will also be required to submit an Authorization to Disclose Information to the SSA. This authorization allows the SSA to contact your doctor for medical records that relate to your disability.
Draft your appeals letter
While submitting the aforementioned forms, you will have a few lines to explain why your claim should be reconsidered. However, you are at liberty to provide a more detailed explanation of why you believe the SSA’s decision to deny your claim wasn’t fair. You can do this by drafting and attaching an appeals letter alongside your application.
To strengthen your case, you may also consider obtaining and attaching additional evidence from your healthcare provider. This is especially important if your condition has worsened since you filed your initial claim.
Social Security Disability benefits can be a great financial lifeline for qualified individuals. Find out how you can file an effective appeal if your disability claim is denied.