How Do I Appeal a Denied Social Security Disability Claim?
If you were denied Social Security disability, do not lose hope just yet. SSDI claims are one of the most commonly denied Social Security benefits. They are also some of the most commonly appealed, and nearly half of those appealed come back approved.
How Do I Appeal a Denied SSDI Claim?
The people at the Social Security office are known to frequently make errors, or to judge applications harshly. The appeals process allows you to make corrections to any errors or argue why your case should be ruled differently. After you’ve received written notification from the Social Security office that your SSDI application was denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal, so don’t wait.
You may also be asked to include a few more documents, but usually the appeals process is much simpler than your first application. If you want to appeal a denied claim, you have to fill out a Form SSA-3441-BK. On the form, detail why you think you should be reconsidered for SSDI benefits. Make sure to include any relevant information. Remember, someone will be reading this, so make sure you catch their attention. If you can include any new information, it is usually helpful. The following items have proven extremely valuable when included with an SSDI appeal:
Letter from an employer confirming any months you worked
Letter from a specialist detailing your limitations and disability
Any recent medical records not included on the original application
When you can’t work, Social Security benefits are absolutely necessary. The people at the Social Security office are told to judge the applications strictly to deter those who aren’t actually in need. Don’t be disheartened, and don’t give up if your application is denied. There is help available.
The Ohio SSDI lawyers at Larrimer & Larrimer LLC have helped countless people successfully appeal denied Social Security disability insurance claims.