In addition to understanding how to apply for Social Security Disability benefits, it is also important to understand how to appeal a denial of benefits. It is important to keep in mind that the majority of claims for Social Security disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits are initially denied; however, there is the option to appeal. It is always important to keep in mind that there are options if SSD benefits have been denied.
There are different levels of appeals that are part of the appeals process. Following a denied application for SSD benefits or SSI, applicants have 60 days to appeal. The first step is a reconsideration request, which can be followed by a hearing. There are additional steps in the SSD appeals process, so it is important to be familiar with the entire appeals process.
To initially apply for benefits, the applicant must demonstrate a physical or mental disability which renders them unable to work and obtaining information from doctors is an important part of the process. Because working with numerous offices and parties as part of the Social Security process can be complex, it is necessary to have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the application process and workings of the appeals process.
The application process and appeals process can impact one another, so it is important to be detailed and prepared throughout the process. For instance, it is necessary to gather the appropriate information for the appeal; to provide written appeals documents; provide persuasive arguments; and be prepared for any hearing should one be necessary as part of the appeals process.
Applicants for SSD or SSI benefits should not be discouraged if they face challenges during the application process. They should instead be aware of, and familiar with, how the application and appeals processes work and how carefully understanding them can help them obtain benefits that are badly needed in most circumstances.