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Have You Been Denied
Social Security Disability Benefits?
by John M. Roberts

Mistakes on your application form may cause your claim to be denied.

It takes only a minor mistake on a Social Security disability claim form to activate a denial decision. When processing your Social Security disability claim, always have the correct information including the exact dates that constitute the filing of your claim. This includes medical records, test results, and physician statements in writing. Before starting your claim, keep in mind that it may take a couple of weeks to several months before you are given an answer.

If you are denied Social Security Disability benefits, there are several steps you can take to appeal the denial. A denial doesn't necessarily mean you will never be able to receive disability benefits. Below is a list of facts that will help you during the appeal process:

  • The first step in the appeals process is to request for reconsideration. The appeals process should start as soon as possible. Most states require you to apply within 60 days of the date on the denial notice.
  • If you reside in a state that has no Reconsideration phase, you must file a Request for Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
  • Consider hiring a Disability Attorney to help you appeal your case. If you cannot afford a disability attorney hire a paralegal that is knowledgeable in the field of denials of Social Security disability claims.
  • Getting the appropriate and updated paperwork from the Social Security Administration through your representative is very important. Outdated information may cost you valuable time when appealing.
  • In most cases the Social Security Administrtion makes the reconsideration determination within four months, but it can take up to a year.

Social Security wants to make sure that everyone who receives disability benefits meets Social Security's definition of disability through a process that typically requires a review of extensive medical and other evidence.  

If your claim is denied during the appeals process, you can file an appeal in Federal Court.


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