You have been unable to work for more than a year because of a serious injury or illness. Maybe you broke your leg badly and now can’t put in long shifts as a truck driver anymore. Or you have been battling breast cancer and are unable to work because of how tired and sick your chemotherapy treatments make you.
Now, as your long-term insurance benefits are about to expire, you get notice that the Social Security Administration has denied your disability benefits. What are you going to do now?
What to do when your disability claim is denied
First, you need to know that the Social Security Administration often denies someone’s first disability benefits application. In fact, in Florida about 65% of first-time Social Security disability applicants have their disability benefits denied. You shouldn’t give up immediately if Social Security denies your benefits claim.
Second, when you are seeking Social Security disability benefits, you need to work closely with an experienced attorney. Getting Social Security disability benefits approved is complex and difficult. You need evidence to prove your injury or illness prevents you from working. You will have a better chance of getting your disability benefits approved if you work with an attorney who understands the process.
Filing a new application or appeal
If Social Security denies your first application, you can file a new application for disability benefits or you can appeal. An attorney can help make sure your second application or appeal has the evidence needed to get your disability benefits approved.
You never want to wait long to apply for disability benefits or file an appeal. You want to ensure you maintain your eligibility for Social Security disability benefits or for an appeal. By working with an attorney, you can ensure you are doing your best to get your Social Security benefits approved and then focus more of your time and energy on your recovery.