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What to do if your SSDI claim is denied

On Behalf of | May 6, 2023 | Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) |

If you have applied for Social Security Disability Insurance, you likely have not worked for at least a year. Unfortunately, more than 60% of SSDI claims receive denials on their first submission.

If you have received a denial, you may feel anxious and defeated, but it is part of the process. Therefore, these are things you should do if you receive an SSDI claim denial.

Find out why

The Social Security Administration typically has a reason for rejecting your claim. For example, you may not have filled out the paperwork completely or properly. The administration could need additional evidence of your medical challenges. If you made too much money, you may not qualify. If you did not follow the treatment plan your doctor prescribed, you can receive a denial. Also, the administration could ask you for additional information, and if you did not answer, they will deny your claim.

Gather evidence

Gather all your medical records, especially those that show that you followed your doctor’s plan. You may need other information, such as your short-term disability, workers’ compensation or other filings. Gather everything the SSA said was missing and any other relevant documents you can find.

File an appeal

Rather than filing another SSDI claim, file an appeal. Pay attention to the appeal period, typically 60 days. When you appeal your denial, you receive a disability hearing in front of a local administrative court judge. You can gather witnesses and your documents to present to the judge.

If you still receive a denial, you can appeal the decision to the Appeals Council, when you can present your case to a new administrative court judge.

For the best results, stay on top of your claim and appeal. Act proactively and check up on the process so you can address any issues.