If you need Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, receiving a rejection instead of an approval can feel like an insurmountable hurdle. You may have mounting medical bills and a condition that keeps you from getting back to work.
A denial may feel like your last option for help has suddenly disappeared. However, it’s important that you understand that a denial of your initial application doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t ever get benefits. You have the right to an appeal when the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your application. In fact, there are four different ways that you can appeal a denied application.
You can request a review of the original application
Sometimes, all it takes to connect to SSDI benefits is to have a different professional at the SSA look over your application. Minor oversight or even a personal bias issue might lead to a denial that others can quickly and easily overturn upon the secondary review.
You can request a hearing with an administrative law judge
Those who do not get the benefits they need can argue their case in court. Getting more medical documentation to support your claim could help you convince that judge that you need the benefits you initially applied for.
You can request a review by the Appeals Council
Sometimes, special consideration is necessary to receive an approval. The Appeals Council can go over your circumstances and determine if you should receive benefits even if a previous appeal with an administrative law judge was not successful.
Applicants can also go to Federal Court
In some cases, having a federal court review becomes necessary if an applicant has exhausted all other options.
Whether you are in the process of applying or just received a denial and need to appeal, getting experienced legal help could increase your chances of success and getting the Social Security benefits you need.