Receiving a denial for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be disheartening, especially when you are facing a disabling condition that prevents you from working. Understanding the common challenges associated with SSDI denials and the steps involved in appealing such decisions is crucial.

At PLBH, we are committed to providing guidance through this complex process to help you secure the benefits you deserve. If you need help with an SSDI appeal, contact us at (800) 435-7542.

Understanding SSDI Denials

The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies a significant number of SSDI applications each year. Familiarizing yourself with the reasons for these denials can help you prepare a more effective appeal.

Common Reasons for Denial:

  • Insufficient Medical Evidence: Many applications are denied because the evidence provided does not sufficiently prove the disability or its impact on the applicant’s ability to work.
  • Non-Compliance: Failing to follow prescribed therapy or failure to communicate with the SSA can lead to a denial.
  • Short-Term Disability: SSDI benefits are designed for long-term disabilities expected to last at least 12 months. Shorter disabilities will be denied.

Preparing for an Appeal

If your SSDI application is denied, it’s important to act quickly. You have 60 days from the date you receive your denial notice to file an appeal. There are four levels of appeal available to you.

Stages of the Appeal Process:

  1. Reconsideration: A complete review of your claim by someone who did not take part in the first decision.
  2. Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge: If reconsideration is denied, you can request a hearing where you can present your case in person.
  3. Review by the Appeals Council: If you disagree with the hearing decision, you can ask for a review by the Social Security Appeals Council.
  4. Federal Court Review: The final stage involves filing a lawsuit in federal district court.

Navigating the Appeal Process

Successfully navigating the appeal process requires understanding and preparation. Here are key steps to enhance your chances of a successful appeal:

Key Steps to a Successful Appeal:

  • Collect and Organize Medical Evidence: Gather all relevant medical records, doctor’s notes, and new evidence that supports your claim.
  • Understand the SSA’s Language: Tailor your appeal to address the specific reasons mentioned in your denial notice.
  • Prepare for Your Hearing: If your case reaches a hearing, prepare to testify about your disability and how it affects your life and work. Practice answering potential questions with your attorney.
  • Seek Legal Representation: An experienced SSDI attorney can provide invaluable assistance by helping you navigate the appeal process, preparing your case, and representing you at hearings.

How PLBH Can Help

At PLBH, we understand that dealing with an SSDI denial is stressful and overwhelming. Our experienced attorneys are here to help you through every step of the appeal process.

Services We Offer:

  • Case Evaluation: We will review your denial notice and advise you on the best course of action.
  • Document Management: Our team will help gather and organize all necessary documentation to support your appeal.
  • Representation: We provide expert representation at reconsideration, hearings, Appeals Council reviews, and federal court.
  • Continuous Support: Our team will keep you informed throughout the process and prepare you for each stage of your appeal.

Navigating the complexities of SSDI denials can be challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone. If you’ve been denied SSDI benefits, contact PLBH at (800) 435-7542 today to schedule a consultation. We’re here to help you overcome these challenges and secure the benefits you need to support your well-being.