Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be a complicated and lengthy process. Unfortunately, the Social Security Administration denies many initial applications for benefits.
If the SSA denies your Social Security disability application, you might feel frustrated and overwhelmed, but you can appeal the decision. This article will explore what you can do if the SSA denies your Social Security disability application.
Requesting a review
The first step in appealing a denial of your Social Security disability application is to request a review. You can request a review online, by phone, or in person at your local Social Security office. The SSA will assign a different examiner than the one who denied your application initially. During the review process, you can provide additional medical evidence and information that may support your claim.
Requesting a hearing
If the SSA denies your request for a review, you can request a hearing with an administrative law judge. During the hearing, you can present evidence and testimony that supports your claim for disability benefits. You can also have a representative, such as a family member or friend, speak on your behalf. The judge will review all of the evidence presented and make a decision on your case.
If the SSA denies your Social Security disability application, it’s essential to remember that you have options for appeal. It’s important to keep in mind that the appeal process can be lengthy, so it’s essential to be patient and persistent. If you’re not comfortable navigating the appeals process on your own, consider working with a disability advocate to help you through the process.