As if dealing with the SSA and filing for disability benefits weren’t difficult enough, sometimes applicants are faced with further SSDI woes, in the form of denials of their claim. However, even if you’ve been denied benefits by the SSA, or had your monthly benefits terminated due to lack of medical documentationmistakes by the administration, all is not lost.
If you act promptly to appeal the SSA’s determination, and obtain enough medical evidence for your disability through physicians' records, you can reverse the SSA’s decision and get the full benefits you deserve.
1.) Don’t Leave Anything Out of Your Appeal
In most cases, SSDI application denials are based on one of three main factors:
- Poor documentation or application building
- Mistake by the SSA
- Failing to meet a listing in the law
Whatever the cause for your application’s denial or benefit termination, it’s important to resolve those issues in a SSDI appeal. This can be largely done by gathering medical evidence and building more complete record when filing an official appeal with the SSA.
If you have been denied benefits, or have had your existing benefits terminated, it may be because of insufficient evidence or poor medical proof (the two largest contributors in the SSA’s decision-making).
2.) Hire an Experienced Consultant to Oversee Your Appeal
As many first-time applicants find out on their own when applying for disability benefits through the SSA, building a complete, effective application is a complex business; it only makes sense that so, too, is appealing an initial determination made by the Social Security Administration.
Fortunately, the same rules apply for filing an appeal that do for the initial application. Hiring an experienced, passionate and knowledgeable disability expert to help form and guide your determination appeal can make a world of difference in it’s success, and help you see your due benefits through the SSA. Otherwise, you merely end up putting your own needed benefits at risk.
Take our advice: don’t risk losing your appeal (as well as your initial determination) by filing alone. Act quickly, and contact a disability professional in your state to help you get the full benefits you deserve.
3.) Use Periodical Medical Reviews to Your Benefit
Another core component of the SSA’s determinations over benefits are periodic medical reviews, which are used by the administration as “check-ups,” to ensure that your condition still warrants financial support. They conduct occasional reviews designed to cease benefits to disability beneficiaries who are no longer considered to be disabled under the law.
However, you can use these reviews to your advantage; as a way to reiterate your condition and provide further proof that your disability is severe and limiting enough to earn you benefits.
4.) Reveal Mistakes with Your Initial Determination
Like any regulatory body, the Social Security Administration is very good at what they do when it comes to making initial determinations over benefits; however, they are not perfect, and mistakes are made with regard to applicants and SSDI appeals.
If you feel your condition warrants benefits, or that your benefits have been incorrectly terminated, don’t hesitate to contact a disability expert in your area and file an appeal. Like anything else related to disability applications or appeals, the sooner you act, the better your chances will be of overturning your denial or termination
You can continue to receive your benefits during the appeal period if you file a written request for payment continuation with Social Security within 10 days of the date on your termination letter.
Don’t give up on your benefits just because the SSA review board says so; contact a disability professional right away to overturn initial determinations and get the SSDI compensation you need.