Even after you’ve begun receiving your benefits, it’s always good to review what happens after a denial. All of our claimants are up for review at some point, where the SSA will ask for more information to make sure you are still eligible to be receiving, so it’s good to make sure you are collecting current medical evidence and, if not, know the steps you need to take if you want to appeal. These steps are also good for anyone who has received a denial and needs assistance in their disability case.
Pass these on and never give up.
1. Applicants give up. Don’t give up. SSDI is a strictly regulated program, so don’t be surprised if the SSA denies your initial claim. More than two-thirds of claimants who reach the hearing level are awarded their Social Security disability benefits, and 90 percent of those have representation such as Muse Disability.
2. Applicants don’t appeal the decision. It’s important to appeal the decision before the SSA’s deadline. Many people miss the appeal deadline and later re-apply. Seeking representation after denial can take some of the worry about handling the appeal process. You won’t be handling your SSDI claim alone.
3. Applicants don’t provide enough information. Details about work history, medical issues and physical limitations are absolutely critical. If you don’t provide enough information or detail, it can limit the SSA examiners’ understanding of your claim. Applicants can forget to list all their doctors, leave out a specialist, or even their primary care physician. Then those records are not included in the case when it is considered. Muse representatives can handle many of these steps, including contacting physicians and retrieving and submitting important medical records.
4. Applicants try to correct inaccurate information. Information submitted in the original application stays with the claim, including the denial letter. Even if there is a mistake that nobody caught early in your claim, you have to move beyond it. It’s important to file your appeal and use that opportunity to clarify the information in your claim. Getting help with more detailed information and clarification are additional benefits from working with an experienced representative.
5. Applicants underestimate the extent of their disability. This can go hand-in-hand with not providing enough information. Many people with disabilities struggle with acknowledging that they cannot work any longer.
6. Applicants don’t realize they can get representation services at any time. We have helped thousands of applicants get their benefits with their application, even at the initial level, but a denial is always a good time to seek help.