Social Security Disability (SSD) is a safety net for those who are disabled on the job or from birth. It can help those who are injured badly and unable to return to work due to a personal injury, too.
Social Security Disability benefits are not always easy to get. That's why many people see their claims denied the first time they apply. If that's what's happened to you, then you need to know how to appeal that decision.
What should you do if your SSD claim is denied?
If your claim is denied, the first thing you should do is take steps to appeal that decision. You should reach out to your attorney to discuss the rejection notice, which will say why your claim was rejected. Once you fully understand why the claim was rejected, you and your attorney will work to correct the forms and add more evidence of your disability and how it affects your everyday life.
Many times, claims are denied because people make mistakes on their applications, leave out information or don't provide enough evidence of being unable to work. Some items you may want to include with your appeal include:
- Photos of your injuries
- Statements from medical providers that state that you cannot work any longer or are extremely limited in how often you can work
- Diagnostic paperwork
If you are able to show that you are severely injured or disabled, then there should be no further trouble obtaining the SSD benefits that you need. Your attorney will help make sure your application is prepared correctly.