When you apply for Social Security Disability benefits and get denied, it can be heartbreaking. You know you should qualify, and you were counting on those payments. Without them, you don’t know where you’re going to turn or how you’re going to make ends meet.
Don’t give up. Many people think that this is the end of the road, but it’s not. You can still appeal. In fact, most claims end up being appealed initially. This is nothing new, it doesn’t mean you’re out of options, and it’s something you can get through successfully — just as thousands of people do every year.
For example, back in 2010, a report from the Social Security Administration indicated that around 300,000 people put in their applications to try to get Social Security Disability Insurance. Experts quickly noted that about 66 percent of those cases — around 200,000 applications — were going to be denied just because of medical and technical reasons. This didn’t even take into account other reasons for denials, and it still showed that the vast majority would have to be appealed.
So, you can see that you’re not alone. What do you do next? First, be aware that it can take months to get through the appeals process. Next, look into what information you’ll need to win the appeal. This can include documentation of your work history and your medical records. Finally, be sure to keep the long-term goals in mind. Focusing on the end helps you stay committed throughout the process.
If you would like to know more about how to start an appeal and the legal steps that are necessary, our website can provide answers to the questions you may have.