Seeking Social Security Disability can be a frustrating experience. In addition to facing a disability that keeps you from working, you are also trying to support yourself and your loved ones as you wait for your claim to be processed.
It can be devastating when you learn that the Social Security office denied your claim. You may have significant bills that accumulate while looking for another income source.
Here’s what you should do if you receive notice that your claim was denied.
Get legal support
It can be challenging to know what comes next when you face claim denial. A skilled attorney can take you through critical steps, including:
- Requesting reconsideration. The first step in appealing a denied SSD claim is to request a reconsideration. This involves submitting a request to review your claim to the Social Security Administration (SSA). You can do this by mail or online, and you will have 60 days from receiving the denial notice to make your request.
- Attending a hearing. If they deny your reconsideration request, you can request a hearing with an administrative law judge. This hearing will allow you to present your case and provide additional evidence to support your claim. You will also be able to cross-examine any witnesses and question the evidence presented against your claim.
- Filing a lawsuit. If your case is not resolved through the administrative process, you can file a lawsuit in federal court. This option is only available if the Appeals Council has denied your appeal or if it has not issued a decision within 60 days.
An attorney can help you gather evidence, compellingly present your case, and represent you at any hearings or appeals.