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What you should know if your initial SSDI application is denied

The benefits that are available through Social Security can be crucial for disabled workers in Atlanta who, due to a physical or mental condition, can no longer work and earn a living. Unfortunately, applying for and actually receiving these benefits can be a very frustrating and time-consuming process. Those who are currently navigating through this complex system may find some comfort in knowing that they are certainly not alone.

The Social Security system is strained and the U.S. Social Security Administration has acknowledged that limited resources have seriously affected its ability to thoroughly examine applications and make timely decisions. This means that a huge number of applications are initially denied SSDI benefits. 

In fact, about two-thirds of the 2.65 million SSDI applications were denied in 2013. Many applicants get discouraged or assume there is nothing more they can do after they are not approved; however, there are options for applicants to file an appeal. Many people who had their initial applications for disability benefits denied are able to file an appeal and get a more successful outcome.

Filing an appeal can be even more complicated and confusing than filling out an initial claim. In many cases, people work with an attorney during this process so that they can be confident that they meet eligibility requirements, have all the appropriate documentation and can present a persuasive case in front of an administrative judge.

There is a huge number of resources out there that can help people understand the process of applying for SSDI or pursuing an appeal. However, all that information can be overwhelming. Disabled workers may be wise to explore their individual situation with the help of a legal representative who is familiar with the SSDI process.

Source: The Huffington Post, "Who Qualifies for Social Security Disability Benefits?" Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, June 24, 2014

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