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What to do when a disability application has been denied

Social Security disability benefits are important benefits for many disabled individuals and their families which is why it is important for disabled individuals to know what to do when their claim for disability benefits has been denied. Denied claims for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits are not necessarily the end of the process.

Social Security disability claims for benefits may be denied for a variety of reasons that can include that the medical evidence provided was no sufficient or that it was not clear in the application that the disabled individual was unable to work. Fortunately, there is an extensive appeals process for denied SSD claims and applicants have the right to appeal a denied claim for SSD benefits. The first step in the appeals process is a request for reconsideration. The request for reconsideration involves a review by a fresh set of eyes.

During the request for reconsideration, additional medical information can be provided and it is typically useful to supply a well-written doctor's report along with a statement from the applicant's doctor related to their ability to perform work. Depending on the circumstances, it may be important to include additional information as well. In general, the disabled individual has 60 days to file a request for reconsideration from the date they receive their denial letter so it is also important to be familiar with time limits associated with an application and appeal rights.

If the application remains denied following a request for reconsideration, additional appeal options, including a hearing, appeal to the appeals council and the right to appeal in federal court are all part of the process. The process of applying for SSD benefits, and appealing a claim for SSD benefits that has been denied, can seem like a long and winding road but understanding the process and having the proper guidance can make it seem less complicated so that the disabled individual can reach their understandable goal of obtaining benefits.

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