Has Your Social Security Disability Claim Been Denied? An Appeal May Be Your Best Bet.
Posted Jessica L. Kurtz on Nov 11, 2014 in Social Security Disability
After waiting for months, you received word that your Social Security disability claim has been denied by the Social Security Administration. Now, you don’t know what to do—your disability is so severe that you are unable to work, and the bills are piling up. A friend mentioned that maybe you should just start over and submit a new application. But is that the right approach?
Starting Fresh Is Appealing
Many Social Security disability applicants reapply for Social Security disability benefits for the following reasons:
- They missed the appeal deadline
- Their health condition has gotten worse
- They feel they have a better chance with someone new evaluating their application
However, in most cases, reapplying puts applicants at a disadvantage for a couple of important reasons:
- They lose the right to appeal the initial decision
- A new application starts the entire process over again
- If the same application is submitted, the claim will likely be denied again
- A new application resets the disability benefit start date, meaning that their claim may be worth less
A Hearing Is Usually the Best Choice
Often, requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge is the best way to get your application for Social Security disability benefits approved. This is true because you have the ability to:
- Provide additional evidence to show how your disability affects your daily life and your ability to work
- Bring expert medical and vocational witnesses to testify on your behalf
- Speak directly to the judge, a neutral party who was not involved in your case prior to the hearing
Find Out How We Can Help You
You do not have to accept a denial as the final answer to your Social Security disability claim. You have the right to gather more information and build a stronger, better case, and we are here to help you do just that. Our Social Security disability attorneys know what evidence is required to prove your claim, and they know how that evidence should be presented.
Are you ready to fight for the benefits you deserve? Contact us today in the way that is easiest for you—by phone at 888-476-0807, using our online contact form, or by starting a live chat.