When medical conditions prevent you from holding regular employment and supporting your family, it can be devastating to learn that the Social Security Administration (SSA) is denying your disability claim. As hopeless as you feel in this moment, a denial is not the end of the road for you. You still have options, including the option to secure legal assistance and begin the appeals process.
Securing benefits can be a complicated process, even if you have clear, valid evidence of a qualifying medical condition. Depending on the nature of your situation, it can be difficult to advocate for your financial interests while dealing with a serious illness or injury. If you received notice of a denied claim for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), you do not have to deal with it on your own.
What should you do next after a denied claim?
The first step after receiving a notice of denial is to make sure that your condition qualifies you for benefits in the first place. According to the SSA, qualifying impairments include the following:
- Back or neck injuries
- Neurological disorders
- Brain injuries
- Mental health challenges
- Cardiovascular or respiratory challenges
- Immune disorders and endocrine disorders
As part of the application for benefits, you must include evidence of a medical condition and prove that you are unable to work or limited in the amount of work that you can reasonably perform. If you are clearly qualified for SSD or SSI benefits, you may consider other reasons why the claim was denied, including:
- Application completed incorrectly
- Processing error
- Clerical mistakes or filing errors
At this point, you would be wise to work closely with an experienced attorney in order to determine why you are unable to claim the benefits to which you are entitled and what you should do next. In many cases, it is appropriate to appeal the denied claim and continue to fight for the money you need.
Do not fight back on your own
Many people wrongfully assume that either a denied claim is their last option or that they can effectively navigate the appeals process on their own. In reality, every applicant can benefit from experienced guidance from start to finish in the benefits claims process. As you seek the benefits you need or fight back against a frustrating road block, you have a better chance of success with an experienced ally by your side.