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What to do after being denied for Social Security Disability Benefits?

I was just denied by Social Security Disability, What Now?


If you have recently been denied for Social Security Disability benefits, it can be a difficult and overwhelming experience. However, it is important to know that there are steps you can take to appeal the decision and potentially receive the benefits you need. Here are some steps you can take after being denied for Social Security Disability:

  1. Review the decision: Before taking any further action, it is important to understand the reason for the denial. Carefully review the decision letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) to determine the specific reason for the denial.

  2. Gather additional evidence: If the denial was based on a lack of sufficient evidence, gather any additional medical records, test results, or statements from your doctor or other healthcare providers to support your case.

  3. File an appeal: If you believe the decision was incorrect, you can file an appeal within 60 days of receiving the denial letter. There are four levels of appeal, including reconsideration, hearing by an administrative law judge, review by the Appeals Council, and a federal court review.

  4. Hire an Attorney: If you feel overwhelmed by the appeals process, consider hiring an attorney to assist you. They can help you gather additional evidence, represent you in hearings, and prepare a strong case for your appeal.

  5. Keep a record of all communication: Throughout the appeals process, it is important to keep a record of all communication, including letters, emails, and phone calls, with the SSA. This can help you stay organized and provide evidence of your efforts in the event of a future appeal.

  6. Consider seeking additional support: If your financial situation is dire, consider seeking additional support from family, friends, or local resources such as food banks, housing programs, or charities.

Remember, being denied for Social Security Disability benefits is not the end of the road. By following these steps and advocating for your rights, you may be able to successfully appeal the decision and receive the benefits you need to support yourself and your family.

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