Did you apply for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and get denied? Are you feeling frustrated and anxious about your future? Take a deep breath because there is still hope.
In fact, the Social Security Administration (SSA) reports that while an average of 70 percent of applicants are denied after applying for the first time, many of these individuals end up receiving benefits after proving that they are eligible in an appeal.
In many of these cases, applicants were deserving of benefits, but their initial applications did not include enough medical evidence of their disabilities, or the application was not filled out correctly or completely.
What do I need to do now?
The best thing you can do in order to improve your chances of receiving SSDI benefits is to contact an experienced disability attorney in your area who can help you get started with your appeal right away.
According to statistics, those who hire an attorney to help them appeal their SSDI denials are much more likely to end up receiving benefits. This makes sense because legal knowledge is required in order to put forth a solid argument as to why benefits should be granted.
When the SSA looks at your application, they apply a very specific and rigid set of requirements under the law. You need to make sure that your claim meets all of these requirements or your appeal will once again be denied.
What else can a lawyer help me with?
In addition to handling your appeal, your lawyer can also help you with issues such as figuring out the date you became disabled and how long you have to apply for benefits. Your lawyer can answer all of your questions and make sure deadlines are met.
While you are not required to work with a lawyer on your appeal, having legal counsel on your side provides you with extremely valuable guidance and information. You only get a certain number of times to convince the SSA that you are eligible for benefits, so now is not the time to take any chances.
Keep reading to find out more about obtaining SSDI, including how to know if you are eligible.