Those who are unable to work due to their mental or physical condition may be entitled to receive Social Security Disability benefits from the federal government. However, a majority of individuals who apply for such benefits will be rejected. Records indicate that roughly 70 percent of all initial claims are denied.
This leaves many wondering what to do if they receive a Social Security Disability Benefit Denial.
Once an initial denial has been received, a claimant has 60 days to respond to the SSA with their intent to file an appeal. If an appeal form is not filed within 60 days, the claimant may lose their right to argue against the decision. The appeal form must be submitted in writing, unless the claim was denied for medical reasons. In this instance, the appeal can be submitted via the Internet.
The Social Security Administration explains once an appeal has been made, there will be more paperwork to complete before a review of the case is launched and a decision is made. If the claim examiner again decides to deny the claim, the claimant can then file for reconsideration. If the SSA continues to deny the claim, the case will go before a hearing and an Appeals Council review before moving to trial.
The Social Security Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin recognize the complexities of the Social Security Disability denial process. However, the firm is here to help if your claim for benefits has been denied in the past.