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What Happens After An SSD Claim Denial?

Cutter Hall Karlock, LLC June 2, 2020

It is not uncommon for an application for Social Security Disability to face rejection the first time around. The denial is not the end of the line, however.

Once a claim faces a denial, there are further steps you can take. Learn more about what the next steps are to gaining access to the disability benefits you need to live.

Review the Application and Denial

Before you try and get your claim looked at further, you need to figure out what led to the rejection. Look through your application to get a sense of any missing information or positions you need to clarify. Having someone look this over with you may give you a fresh eye on the subject matter.

Request the Department Take Another Look

Your first recourse to an SSD claim denial is to file an appeal. You have 60 days to alert the department that you do not agree with the rejection and request a second review of your request. If you do not appeal, you have no further recourse on the matter. It is essential that you do what you must to get your appeal submitted within the prescribed timeframe.

Take It to A Judge if You Must

If you submit your appeal and it too is unsuccessful, you do not need to quit. You have the right to ask for a hearing before an administrative law judge. Here, you will present your evidence as to why you should receive SSD benefits. YOu may even have doctors and experts testify on your behalf. This type of proceeding is successful in many cases.

The thing you must remember when dealing with rejection is not to give up. The process takes time, energy and patience, but if you continue along in good faith, you should find yourself getting the help you need at some point.