Categories: Article Date: Apr 5, 2013 Title: Denied SSA Benefits? Appeal!
Social Security denied your benefits claim. What now?
Nearly two percent of the American population applies for Social Security disability (SSD) benefits every year. SSD benefits are available to people with medical conditions preventing them from working for 12 months or longer. Yet the Social Security Administration denies approximately 65% of initial claims, leaving a huge number of Americans without benefits ... and wondering what to do next.
If you have been denied Social Security disability benefits, don't panic. There is still hope for your claim. The Social Security appeal process is long and complicated, but it is manageable.
First, visit www.ssa.gov and file an appeal. Social Security gives you sixty days to appeal their decision. Expect to wait two weeks for a decision on your appeal. Sadly, Social Security approves only 10% of appeals.
If your appeal is denied, you may take the next step and request a hearing in front of a Social Security judge. The average wait for a hearing in our area is 14 months.
While awaiting your hearing, see your doctor regularly and stay on any prescribed medication. Carefully document your condition and how it affects your ability to work. When you appear before the judge, carefully explain why your medical symptoms prevent you from working.
If you represent yourself at your hearing, your chances of winning are a little less than 50%. Obtaining qualified representation can boost your chances of winning to 70% or higher. Before retaining representation, make sure to ask about their success rate in Social Security hearings. Successful representatives win 90% or more of their cases.
Obtaining Social Security disability benefits can be a long and daunting task, but it is possible. You can do it!