If Denied, File an Appeal
If you receive a denial letter regarding your application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you must act quickly to appeal your denial. There is a firm deadline of 60 days to file an appeal before your case is closed and you have to file a new claim, which can cost you time and benefits.
A denial is not the end of your case. Many claims get denied at the application phase, and in fact your best chances of being approved lie at the hearing stage, so be sure to file your appeal. You can file your appeal online at Social Security’s website, have the forms mailed to you, or visit your local Social Security office in person. You can also have an attorney who specializes in Social Security Disability cases file your appeal for you.
Understanding Your Denial
Before you can know how to proceed however, you have to understand why you were denied. There are two types of denial – technical and medical.
If you were denied for technical reasons, you do not meet the basic eligibility requirements. For SSI, it may be that your current income and assets surpass the limits set forth by Social Security. For information about income and asset requirements for SSI benefits, click here.
Medical denials occur at the Disability Determination Services (DDS) office. Once your medical records were ordered the DDS examined them and determined that the available records do not show that your disability will keep you from working for at least 12 months.
Supplemental Security Income Attorneys
If you are denied for medical reasons, you can appeal the decision. Talking to an experienced Social Security Disability attorney can help you decide what the best thing to do is. A lawyer can help you navigate the appeals process to receive a favorable decision at your hearing. Call or contact the attorneys at Berger and Green for a free consultation about your claim today.
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