So, your Social Security Disability claim was denied -- but now what do you do? Luckily, things aren't over. There is still the possibility of getting benefits by appealing the denial. While there is no guarantee that you are going to win a Social Security Disability appeal, there are a few things that you can do to increase the overall chances. Here are four of them:
Tip #1: Be on Time with Your Appeal Request
When requesting an appeal at any stage of the process, you must make certain that you are on time. When you receive the instructions from the Social Security Administration, make sure to read them carefully, as they will tell you the exact timeframe that you have to submit the appeal in writing. You will also have to use specific forms, which can be gathered from the local Social Security office or by printing them from the SSA website. By failing to use the right forms or submitting within the specified timeframe, your appeal could be thrown out.
Tip #2: Always Be 100 Percent Honest
Regardless of what level of the appeals process you are in, it is critical that you are completely honest with the information that you provide and that you provide all information about your condition. Sure, some of your limitations may be embarrassing, but it is important for all impairments and limitations to be disclosed in order for you to receive the proper disability determination. Don't exaggerate anything, but you should never feel ashamed to discuss how difficult things are for you due to injuries.
Tip #3: Request a Supportive Medical Statement from Your Physician
While a supportive medical statement probably wouldn't have been beneficial during the initial submission for Social Security Disability, it can come in handy during the appeals process. This is particularly true if your case goes to the hearing level of the appeals process. In fact, a supportive medical statement may be what you need to win your case, as long as it is backed by medical evidence. Just make sure that your physician uses the Social Security Administrations RFC assessment form.
Tip #4: Carefully Consider Legal Representation
Going through the appeals process for Social Security Disability is not easy. In fact, it is very confusing and complicated. You have every right to hire legal counsel to assist you throughout the entire process, but you also have the right to pursue it on your own. However, it is important to consider the fact that individuals are more successful winning an appeal when they have an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer by their side.
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