Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance can be a complex and time-consuming process.
Unfortunately, even if you provide all the necessary documentation and meet the eligibility requirements, your application may still get denied. If this happens, it can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience. If you find yourself in this predicament, it is helpful to know what steps to take if your SSDI application gets denied.
Request a reconsideration
If your SSDI application gets denied, the first step is to request a reconsideration. This is an opportunity to have your application reviewed again by someone who was not involved in the initial decision. You must request a reconsideration in writing within 60 days of receiving the notice of denial. You can do this by completing the appropriate form, which you can obtain from the Social Security Administration website or your local SSA office.
Appeal the decision
If the reconsideration also results in a denial, the next step is to file an appeal. This involves requesting a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. You must file the appeal within 60 days of receiving the reconsideration decision. During the hearing, you will have the opportunity to present evidence and testimony to support your claim for disability benefits. It is crucial to prepare thoroughly for the hearing and to come prepared with all of your supporting documents.
It is important to remember that you have options if your SSDI application gets denied. By understanding the steps to take after a denial, you can increase your chances of getting the disability benefits you need and deserve.