Was your application for Social Security Disability benefits denied? You are not alone. About 80% of all applications for Social Security Disability benefits are denied. Sadly, when denials happen, applicants then make errors that are detrimental to their case!
If you have received a denial read on to make sure that you don’t add insult to injury. Here are the three most common mistakes to avoid:
Failing to Appeal
This is a head-scratcher to me, but many people simply fail to pursue their claim after they receive the first denial. In some cases, I suspect that people are not aware that there is an appeals process, but it is so important that an appeal is filed. In fact, numbers show that you have a high probability of being approved during the appeals process. The first appeal is to request a Reconsideration of Social Security’s initial decision – however, rarely are benefits approved at this stage. But, when the Reconsideration is denied, an appeal can be filed to have a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. This is normally the best chance that a claimant has to receive benefits. An experienced, qualified attorney can represent a claimant at the hearing and often can get benefits awarded.
Refile rather than appealing
Some people mistakenly believe that they should re-apply rather than appealing the initial denial of benefits.. As you can imagine, the result is much the same. Filing more than once just doesn’t work. You will have much better luck going through the appeals process.
Even people who understand that they can appeal sometimes don’t do so by the deadline. You are given 60 days in which to appeal decisions made by the Social Security Administration. I think the reason that deadlines are missed is because people are overwhelmed by the appeals process and simply allow the time to pass without taking any action. Again, this is another reason to work with an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer in Virginia who can help ensure all deadlines are met.
If you have been denied for Social Security Disability Benefits, don’t waste any time wondering what to do. Give us a call at 571-328-5795 so the law office of Sheri R. Abrams can can get started on your appeal right away.