Social Security disability applicants whose claims are denied may feel disappointed or frustrated. This is understandable. However, a denied SSD claim is not the end of the road for people who can no longer work due to a physical, mental or emotional condition.
Because the Social Security Administration denies most SSD claims, it allows applicants to appeal. In fact, people have several chances to appeal a denied claim. Many peoples’ valid claims get turned down, so they should think of their rejected application as the first step, instead of a final message from the SSA.
After appealing the initial decision, the applicant gets the chance to go before an administrative law judge, or ALJ. That judge will examine the evidence, such as your medical history, and determine whether a mistake was made at the application level.
It is important that the applicant have all the evidence necessary to make his or her case, and be prepared to testify at the hearing. Having an attorney experienced in SSD cases may help you prepare for your appeal.
If the ALJ decides against you, you still have legal options. You can file an appeal to the Social Security Appeals Council. After that, you have the right to file suit against the SSA.
Disabled people who qualify for SSD should necessarily give up if their application is nevertheless turned down. Appeals could help them get the benefits they need. Since every case is unique, a talk with an SSD attorney can help them decide their next steps.