What happens if my SSDI claim is denied?
A majority of SSDI claims are denied on the first attempt due to the complex nature of the application process — especially when attempting to navigate the process without the guidance of an attorney. This, however, does not mean the end of the road for your hopes of getting the SSDI benefits you deserve. By filing an appeal within 60 days of the rejection date and going through all the stages of the appeal process, it is possible to reach a favorable outcome.
The appeal process is tedious and requires a great deal of patience and diligence. However, with the right lawyer by your side providing you with expert guidance every step of the way and helping you present your best-possible case, achieving success is more than possible.
If you are one of the many applicants for SSDI benefits to have your claim rejected, you have a right to appeal the decision. When pursuing an appeal, it is highly advised to take on the challenging and lengthy process with a trusted legal advisor by your side to guide you through the various stages involved.
Should you wish to appeal the decision regarding your case, you must file a written request within 60 days of your application being denied, following which your claim will then go through the following stages of appeal:
Do I need a lawyer to appeal a denied claim for SSDI benefits?
How the SSDI Appeal process works
LaPorte Law Firm has over 40 years of experience in handling SSDI claims and appeals
We have helped thousands of clients get the benefits they deserve by successfully appealing their claims, and we can help you too.
At LaPorte Law Firm, we know how stressful the SSDI appeal process can be. During a tough time in your life and having already had your application rejected at least once, you now also have to face the pressure of meeting strict deadlines for filing an appeal and doing so correctly.
Our team of SSDI experts are here to help remove the burden and simplify the process for you. With decades of experience helping people win their cases and get the benefits they deserve, we will soon get you back on the road to success. We take on cases at all stages of the process, so regardless of how far along you are, do not hesitate to reach out to us.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Social Security Disability applicants are typically denied for the following reasons:
- Criminal convictions: Although prior convictions do not generally affect your ability to obtain Social Security benefits, a convicted criminal will not be able obtain benefits if their disability is a direct result of an action that took place during the commission of a crime, if the disability stems from time spent in a correctional facility, they intentionally became an orphan or a widow/widower to receive benefits, or parole or probation has been violated.
- Alcohol- or drug dependence-related disability: If a drug or alcohol addiction is determined to have led to your disability, you will not be eligible for benefits.
- Lack of cooperation: The SSA requires applicants to submit their treating doctors’ medical records. Failure to comply with SSA requirements, such as not submitting your treating doctor’s medical records, leads to Social Security Disability claims being denied. If you do not have a treating doctor, you may be required to undergo an examination with one of the SSA’s doctors; failing to do so may result in your claim being denied.
- Fraud: Lying on an application may lead to benefits being denied as well as prosecution for fraud.
- Length of disability: A short-term disability does not meet the requirement for receiving Social Security Benefits, as the SSA requires the disability to last for at least a year or likely to result in death, with the exception being blind applicants.
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