What can I do if my Social Security Disability application is denied?
Well, the first thing I would advise is to try not to take it personally and try not to panic.
I know it can be alarming and disheartening when medical conditions have prevented you from working and the Social Security disability benefits you thought would be there for you in your time of need are denied. It is hard not to feel like the government is personally insulting you by denying your case. However, most people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits are initially denied them.
The good news is that you have the right to appeal this denial and that many, many people who are initially denied end up winning the Social Security Disability benefits they need. The first step to take if you are denied Social Security Disability benefits is to file an appeal, which is done by requesting “reconsideration” of the initial decision.
As a practical matter, you request reconsideration by filing one of Social Security’s forms, the SSA-561-U2. You can obtain this form at your local Social Security Administration Offices, or you can file it online by clicking here.
You can also hire a lawyer to represent you in your Social Security case, and they can handle all the paperwork for you. There is a very important time limit to file this appeal, which is 60 days from when you received your initial denial.
At the Deuterman Law Group we handle appeals of initial Social Security Disability denials and are very familiar with the process and how to best prepare your case. Give us a call if you think we may be able to help you.