Even people that have a need for Social Security benefits can get turned down. While it's only natural to feel disappointed when the denial letter arrives, don't give up hope. Many people use the appeal process and get their benefits approved shortly after that. If you've been turned down for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), read on to find out more.
There is a Deadline
If you want to appeal a denial ruling (and you should), be sure you read the denial letter carefully and make note of the deadline for requesting an appeal. In most cases, applicants have to let the Social Security Administration (SSA) know within 60 days of the date of the denial letter. If you have a very good reason for missing the deadline, you might be granted an extension. Good reasons may include being seriously ill, being hospitalized, or being out of the country.
Check the Reason
In addition to the deadline date, the reason for the denial should also be stated in the letter from the SSA. This letter will assist your Social Security lawyer in preparing for your appeal hearing. For example, if the letter states that you did not provide proof of your condition, your attorney can gather your medical treatment records and show proof at the appeal hearing.
Don't Neglect Your Medical Care
The key issue with getting Social Security benefits is medical care. That means that applicants need to continue seeing their doctors after they are turned down if they expect to file an appeal. The administrative law judge will be asking about your current medical condition and about your recent treatment. Medical care is key not just for your health but for the health of your appeal.
Get Legal Representation
The best way to ensure that you get benefits at the appeal hearing is to have legal representation. Speak to a Social Security lawyer about your denial, and find out what your chances are for having it approved on appeal. Some issues are easily resolved at the hearing. For example, if the SSA claims that you should be able to work, your attorney can present information demonstrating the lack of jobs available to you that you are capable of in your current condition. The best part of hiring a Social Security lawyer is that you may not have to pay any legal fees unless you win your appeal. That type of legal fee payment method is known as a contingency fee agreement.
To learn more, contact a social security disability attorney, such as the ones at Attorney John B. Martin Law Offices.