Perhaps you suffered serious injuries in a car accident that have left you unable to meet the physical demands of your job. Maybe you have a grave medical condition that leaves you requiring extensive medical care and time off from work. There are many physical, mental and medical conditions that can leave a person disabled, unable to retain gainful employment, and support his or her Florida family.
If you cannot work because of a medical condition, you may apply for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration. When you submit your application, you may feel hopeful and confident that you will soon have the support you need, but what if you are not initially successful? Many first-time claims comes back denied.
So, what's next?
Getting notice of a denied claim can be devastating. What can you do to secure the benefits you truly need for your daily needs, medical care and other expenses? A denied claim is a setback, but there are still options available to you. Through a reconsideration of your claim or an appeal, you can continue your fight for the financial support you need.
It may help to first try and understand why the SSA denied your claim. Some of the possible reasons may include:
- You make too much money. You are not eligible if you make at least $940 monthly.
- There is no evidence that you followed the instructions of your doctor regarding your disabling condition.
- It is not evident that your disability will last at least 12 months or result in your death.
- You did not include enough medical evidence or documentation to validate your claim.
Once you know why your claim was not successful, you can choose to appeal. If you think this is a smart course of action for you, it is prudent to act quickly – there is a limited amount of time for you to do this.
How can you appeal?
The appeals process is not easy to navigate. If you are moving forward with this step, it may be helpful to speak with an attorney experienced in SSDI claims before you start. Having guidance can help you walk through the appeals process with fewer missteps, giving you a better chance of success.
Your financial well-being is on the line, and you need to secure SSDI benefits as fast as possible. With much at stake, you will find significant benefit in having experienced guidance from the very beginning of the initial application or appeals process.