It is not uncommon for a Social Security Disability (SSD) claim to be denied for a variety of reasons. If this happens, you should never give up hope of pursuing the benefits you need.
Many applicants make the mistake of filing a new application instead of appealing their denial. That’s starting from scratch, and it means potentially losing out on significant past-due benefits if your claim is approved.
So what should you do if your claim is denied?
If your disability claim is denied, you need to ask the Social Security Administration (SSA) for reconsideration.
Basically, your denial letter will outline the reasons why your claim was denied as well as when you can submit your appeal. Typically, you have 60 days from the date your claim was denied to file the reconsideration. Your appeal will automatically be denied if you fail to submit your appeal within this timeframe – and that will force you to start over again.
What can help you overcome a denied SSD claim?
Even if you petition the SSA for reconsideration within the 60-day window after the denial, a number of factors might have dramatically changed to impact the outcome of your appeal, such as:
- Changes in your treatment regime
- Updated medical information
- Changes in some of your symptoms
- New physicians or specialists involved in your care
The SSA relies on your most recent medical information when deciding on your disability claims, so make certain that you include all updated information with your reconsideration request.
Social Security Disability benefits can provide a financial lifeline when you can no longer work and provide for your loved ones. However, if your claim is denied, you may need help to file a successful appeal.