What if You are Denied Social Security Disability?
Denied Social Security Disability?
Receiving an initial denial of Social Security Disability benefits is not the end of the road. Know that you still have options.
Social Security Disability benefits are reserved for those individuals with an injury or illness that is severe enough to prevent them from working for at least one year. Approval of these benefits can mean receiving a much needed monthly payment to cover your expenses while you are unable to work. Unfortunately, the application process for Social Security Disability benefits can be frustrating, disheartening, and scary because you do not know if you will end up receiving the monthly payments that can be a big financial help in difficult times. Many individuals who apply for these benefits are denied, initially. If this has happened to you, do not lose hope. There is still a chance that you can get Social Security Disability benefits.
An initial denial of benefits can be the result of many things such as an applicant failing to provide sufficient evidence of his or her medical condition. The initial decision is just the first step you take towards securing benefits. You may have to go through several steps to reach an approval. The steps may look like this:
- Initial claim filed
- Reconsideration appeal filed
- Administrative law judge hearing
Appealing the initial denial can be an excellent way of securing an opportunity to provide further support for your claim. There are several stages in the appeals process. This is the first opportunity to appeal is referred to as a “reconsideration appeal.” Your claim will be sent to another disability examiner for review and he or she will render another decision. Frequently, this will result in another denial as no new evidence is introduced at this stage. It is only the same claim file being reviewed by a different examiner. The new examiner will only reverse the initial denial where the first examiner made a mistake or if new medical evidence was introduced between the initial denial and the reconsideration appeal.
Although the reconsideration appeal may not result in an approval, it is extremely helpful in the way that it gives you the opportunity to file a formal “request for hearing before an administrative law judge.” An administrative law judge (ALJ) hearing is one of the best ways to get your denial of benefits reversed into an approval. Individuals going to an ALJ hearing have a relatively high success rate in receiving an approval of the benefits that they were initially denied.
The process of applying for Social Security Disability benefits can be littered with frustrations and upsets. Do not lose hope. There are many chances for you to be approved for these much needed benefits. Consult with the trusted Social Security Disability benefits attorneys at Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley. These dedicated legal professionals have the thorough understanding of the complicated Social Security Disability process to help you secure your benefits. Contact Kidwell, South, Beasley & Haley today online, or call 615-893-1331 to schedule a free consultation.