Social Security Disability is there to protect people who work for a living in the event that they become permanently disabled. Everyone who has a job pays into Social Security, allowing those who need its support to count on a regular income. In theory, this program is a solution for those who struggle to work due to an illness or injury. In reality, the Social Security Disability program is complicated and difficult to navigate.
There is a lot of red tape involved with any Social Security Disability claim, and that can cause a host of issues for those who need the program’s benefits. Many time, small mistakes or misunderstandings can lead to the denial of a claim. If you received a denial from the Social Security Administration for your disability claim, don’t give up hope and stop pursuing the benefits that could help you during this difficult time. You still have options available to connect with the benefits you need.
Anyone who gets denied has the right to file an appeal
If your initial claim comes back with a notice of rejection, that doesn’t mean you have no choices left. Instead, it simply means you need to appeal that decision. You should review the denial notice carefully for any indication as to why your claim was not approved. Sometimes, resolving the issue can be as simple as getting a letter from your doctor or correcting mistakes on an application.
Other times, you may need to seek out additional medical documentation about your condition. Records related to tests and treatments can help you build your case, as can written statements by those helping to treat or diagnose your condition. Take the time to do everything you can to support your claim during an appeal. If you don’t get approval when filing an appeal, you may have to start the whole claim process again.
You need documentation of how the condition impacts your life
One issue that many applicants sometimes fail to understand at first is that simply having a diagnosis isn’t always grounds for receiving Social Security Disability benefits. While there are certain medical conditions that are likely to result in approval, you generally need some kind of proof about the stage or progression of your symptoms.
Some severe conditions progress slowly, meaning people can continue to work at first. Every person tends to move through symptoms and stages in a different manner. Documenting not only the fact that you have a specific condition but also the severity and frequency of symptoms can help you demonstrate your need for Social Security Disability benefits. Notes and medical records from your general practitioner, specialists and even physical therapist can help establish your need for benefits.