What to Do If Your Social Security Disability Application Is Denied?

The answer is simple, don’t give up! Claimants file for disability every day, many of them are often denied. There are many reasons that an applicant can file for disability and get denied. Common rationales for denials are often because the claimant can gain meaningful employment with which they have pre-existing experience or that they can do some other type of work, even with no experience in that field. Due to these rationales, it is often beneficial to have an experienced attorney willing to show the court why these other options are not likely or unachievable.

Many clients here in North Carolina simply give up after their application has been denied. Giving up after a Social Security Disability application has been denied can be a detrimental decision. Unfortunately, years later, after a claimant has received a notice of denial, they typically find themselves having to re-file applications from the beginning, losing valuable time and causing additional expense. Instead of starting from the beginning, the best approach, instead, would be to not give up and appeal the decision for denial.

If Denied Disability, Don’t Give Up

If a claimant files a new claim, instead of an appeal, that claim is commonly denied. There are many reasons for this, but a common reason is that there have been no significant changes in their condition, whether it is crippling or not. New claims are decided by an initial claim examiner, who will likely examine the same evidence that was denied by the previous review. Instead, if your application for social security disability benefits is denied and you are having substantial ailments from medical conditions which, in turn, have caused significant functional limitations, then you should call your local  North Carolina Social Security location and request an appeal of the initial examiner’s decision.

Your appeal must be timely, however! 60 days is the time limitation on such an appeal. This is where an experienced North Carolina Disability Attorney can be valuable. Your attorney can complete the necessary appeal paperwork for you. Your disability attorney will then receive a notification, but you should always notify your attorney once you receive written notice of your denial; this is to ensure that your attorney is aware of the 60-day deadline to file the appeal. Work with your attorney on such an endeavor. Your representative will likely contact you before submitting your appeal regarding possible changes in your situation or, perhaps, to verify if there is any new information that may assist you in succeeding in your appeal. Valuable information such as new diagnoses, or other medical treatment, administered by a new doctor not known to the Social Security Administration, could be critical to your case!

The point is, if denied, don’t give up! An appeal is the best approach and many initial decisions have been overturned. An experienced disability attorney can also be an essential tool to succeed in such a result.

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