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3 concerns to consider when filing an SSDI appeal

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Disability Appeals |

Having your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application denied can be a disheartening experience. A denial of benefits can add significant stress to an already challenging period of life.

However, there is an opportunity for recourse through the appeals process. When filing an SSDI appeal, there are several crucial factors to consider in order to better ensure success.

Reason for denial

Understanding the reason behind the denial of your SSDI application is crucial, as this information will guide you in preparing a solid appeal. The denial letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) typically outlines the specific reasons for the denial, whether it be insufficient medical evidence, failure to meet the eligibility criteria or technical errors in the application. By comprehensively understanding the grounds for denial, you can address these issues effectively in your appeal.

Appeal deadlines

The SSA imposes strict deadlines for filing an appeal, and failing to meet these deadlines can result in the forfeiture of your right to appeal. It’s essential to be aware of these deadlines and ensure that you submit your appeal within the specified timeframe. Typically, you have 60 days from the date of receiving the denial letter to file your appeal. However, it’s advisable to start the appeals process as soon as possible to allow ample time to gather additional evidence and prepare a compelling case. Missing the appeal deadline can significantly delay the resolution of your claim and prolong the wait for benefits.

Appeal preparation

Depending on the stated reasons for denial, appeal preparation may involve gathering additional medical evidence to support your disability claim, obtaining statements from healthcare providers and gathering documentation of your work history and limitations caused by your disability. It’s important to compile a comprehensive and persuasive case that addresses the specific issues raised in the denial letter.

When appealing an SSDI denial, seeking legal counsel can provide you with valuable assistance in handling the appeals process, understanding complex legal requirements and presenting your case effectively before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) if necessary.