When many people think of Social Security disability benefits, they think of the money they’ll receive after they retire in their 60s. But Social Security disability benefits are also used to help people who have been injured or are ill and can no longer work.
People who apply to receive these disability benefits often have their first claim denied. In fact, about two-third of claims that are filed are initially denied. If you’re in this situation, you should do these three things:
1. Promptly file an appeal
Too often, people who have filed Social Security claims simply give up after their claim is denied. They may eventually decide to try again, but by that point, they have to start the process anew. You have 60 days to file an appeal, so it’s important to act quickly on your claim.
2. Seek legal help
An attorney who has experience in filing Social Security appeals can help you have the best chance of having your appeal approved. These types of lawyers can help you navigate the complicated, multi-step appeals process. They can examine your claim to determine if any errors were made. If not, your attorney will know which details need to be emphasized in order to give you the best chance of having your claim approved.
3. Add any pertinent additional information
Your lawyer can help you get additional documentation from your doctors and former employers to help bolster your claim. In addition, make sure to add any new information about your situation. For example, your condition may have become worse since you first filed for disability benefits. You may also have seen a new doctor, had additional testing, or received a new diagnosis. All of this information can help improve your case.
If your Social Security disability benefits have been denied, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, Martinez Law Firm at 702-388-GGRM (4476) for a free consultation in Nevada.