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What to do when a disability application is denied

Social Security disability benefits are important for many disabled individuals and their families who are struggling to make ends meet. Being denied Social Security disability benefits can feel devastating to an individual struggling with a disability and to their family. Fortunately, a denied claim for benefits is not the end of the story, as there are several levels to the Social Security appeals process.

The basics of applying for Social Security disability benefits

The transition from working to suffering from a disability and being unable to work can be difficult physically, financially and emotionally. As disabled individuals must learn to focus on caring for themselves, they may find it challenging to meet daily needs they were easily able to meet in the past. It can be a challenging period of time for the disabled individual and their family members.

Many waiting for Social Security disability benefits

The wait for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits can, unfortunately, be long. As a result, it is important to be as familiar as possible with the application and appeals processes. There are greater than 1 million individuals awaiting a hearing for Social Security disability benefits and the average wait time is 602 days which can increased from less than a year 5 years ago. The social Security Administration is working to address the backlog of cases.

Qualifying for Social Security Disability benefits is difficult

There are many people who want to work for a living, but can't due to one or more disabilities, and many of these people are veterans. Up until recently, people who were considered disabled by the Veteran's Administration were almost always considered disabled by the Social Security Administration. Disabled vets would assume that they could base their SSA application on the success of their VA application.

Social Security disability appeals in Florida

Indeed, the process of applying for Social Security disability benefits in Florida can be long and frustrating. In addition to such a lengthy time frame, the Social Security Administration rejects a large majority of initial applications. For those who have the misfortune of being rejected, there is an appeals process.

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