For many disabled Americans and their families, receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) is an important lifeline that keeps them afloat.
But what do you do if your initial claim for benefits is denied? The Social Security Disability SSI Resource Center outlined three common mistakes that people make after their initial Social Security claim is denied.
Accepting a Denial as the Final Word on Your SSD Claim
The fact is, the majority of claims will be denied after their first application. In some states, as many as 70% of claims are denied. Though the odds may seem against you, approval rates significantly increase as you move through the appeals process. More than half of the people who complete the hearing and appeals process are eventually approved. Having an experienced disability attorney on your side will further increase your odds for success.
Filing a New SSD Claim Instead of Appealing
This mistake happens fairly often and the results are always the same: the case is denied because the same agency that denied your first claim is the one that will evaluate the new claim. Our disability benefits attorneys have helped countless clients understand the complicated SSD application process and are standing by ready to help you.
Missing the Appeal Deadline
Some claimants have all intentions of filing an appeal but let time slip away for one reason or another and miss the deadline. The Social Security Administration allows a generous appeal period of 60 days from the date of the denial notice to file an appeal. They even allow an additional five days for mailing time. Having an experienced disability attorney on your side will ensure your paperwork is complete and filed on time.
Don't make these mistakes. If you or a loved one has had your claim for SSDI or SSI denied, call Dayes Law Firm PC today. An expert disability lawyer will walk you through the appeals process and will ensure that you have the representation you need to get your claim approved.
Call 1-800-503-2000 to get started.