If you have already been denied on your disability application you may feel discouraged or feel like Social Security doesn’t care about you and what you are going through. If you feel this way you aren’t alone. The large majority of applications are denied the first go around. In order to receive a favorable decision you must be willing to appeal your initial denial often all the way up to the hearing level.
Where do I go from here?
The road to disability benefits can be a long and tedious one. For this reason we highly recommend you hire a disability attorney. Whether that is our firm or another it could truly make the difference between winning and losing as well as give you peace of mind that your case is being handled correctly. However, you do have the option to proceed on your own. If you would like to file an appeal on your own please see the following steps:
- Often filing an appeal can be done online. If your case requires a paper appeal, contact your local Social Security office for the necessary forms.
- You also have the option of calling your local Social Security directly to file an appeal.
- If you were denied for technical reasons, either you did not have enough work credits or your income is too high, you may qualify for a different type of benefit than the one you applied for, if you have questions on this you can always give our office a call for a free evaluation of your claim.
- Make sure you act quickly, you only have 60 days from the date the denial was written to appeal a decision. If you miss this deadline for any reason you will likely have to start over with a new application.
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