It’s not uncommon to have your initial SSDI claim denied. If that happens, don’t be discouraged. Many applicants are initially denied but ultimately receive benefits after an appeal. Here are the steps to take if your SSDI claim is denied:
Request a Reconsideration: Your first step is to request a reconsideration of your denial. This involves having your case reviewed by a different SSA team. It’s essential to act quickly, as there is a time limit for requesting reconsideration.
Consult with an Attorney: Our disability attorneys help you through the entire SSDI process. However, if you have decided not to seek representation before applying for SSDI, consider hiring a Social Security disability attorney at this stage. They can help you prepare a stronger case for reconsideration. They can assist in gathering additional medical evidence and ensuring that your claim is presented effectively.
Prepare for a Hearing: If your reconsideration is denied, you can request a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). The ALJ will review your case, question you about your disability, and assess your eligibility.
Provide Additional Evidence: Before the hearing, collect any new medical evidence and prepare for the questions the ALJ may ask. A disability attorney can help you present your case effectively during the hearing.
Stay Informed: Keep track of all correspondence from the SSA and adhere to any deadlines. Be persistent and patient throughout the process.
Get the Help of Experienced Social Security Disability Attorneys
When securing your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you deserve experienced guidance and tailored support.
Our disability attorneys at Greenbaum Breuer & Associates are here to be your advocates throughout the entire SSDI process. With our in-depth knowledge and commitment to your case, we’ll work tirelessly to ensure your application is prepared effectively and, if necessary, navigate the appeals process.