Applying for Social Security Disability benefits (SSDI) takes a lot of effort, making it that much more defeating if the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your application. When your first attempt at getting the support you need is denied, what can you do?
The SSA denies roughly two of every three initial applications for SSDI because of any number of reasons like lack of evidence, improperly completing documents or failure to take necessary exams. No matter the reason the SSA denied your benefit, you can still pursue these benefits.
What do I do now?
Two of the worst options someone can take if the SSA denied their application are giving up, or reapplying. A second application can worsen your odds of approval if you start from the beginning again. After denial of the initial application, your next step should be to appeal the denial.
The road of an appeal does take longer than the initial application and take months or longer to receive the benefits you need finally. The initial appeal is more or less resubmitting the original application, but you can add additional information. This appeal is a chance to provide any missing information or take any necessary exams to prove your disability.
In some cases, the appeals process can take years before an applicant receives the benefits they need. To speed up the process, seek experienced guidance from an attorney. Lawyers know what it takes to earn these benefits, and they know how to navigate the maze that is the application process.
Do not give up
If you need SSDI benefits, start with your best foot forward and get an attorney’s help. Do not be afraid of rejection if your application or appeal ends in denial. Keep pressing forward to receive the benefits you need to survive with your disability.