What should you do as soon as possible after you are notified that your SSDI claim was denied?
- Don’t give up! More people are denied than approved at this stage in the application process – a rejection does not necessarily mean that you do not qualify for benefits or that you are not too disabled to work.
- Continue keeping records. Be sure to create a file that holds all information about your claims process as well as information about doctors’ visits, medications, and your disability. You may need much of this information during the appeals process.
- Continue following doctors’ orders. This is not the time to give up on your care or your health! Just because the SSA has ruled that your disability doesn’t qualify doesn’t mean that your disability doesn’t need treatment and care. Continue taking your medication, participating in therapy, and any other doctor recommendations.
- File an appeal in a timely manner. You don’t have a large window in which to file an appeal. Although the appeals process can seem stressful or overwhelming, it is vital that you don’t read your denial and then ignore it for weeks. Take action.
- Don’t apply again at the initial level. Some people wrongly believe that it is better to begin the application process again instead of to appeal. This is not the case and could significantly harm your chances of getting benefits as quickly as possible.
- Consider finding representation. Having someone with knowledge and experience fighting on your side can help you better prove your disability and your inability to work. In addition, hiring a North Carolina Social Security disability attorney can help you navigate the process and ensure that you are meeting deadlines and collecting the right evidence. If you would like the assistance of a Raleigh disability benefits lawyer, contact Brent Adams & Associates to discuss your case during a free, private meeting.