How to Fight a Social Security Disability Denial: Three Simple Steps

Was your application for social security disability denied? If so, we understand the stress and frustration you’re going through. At Ward Black Law, our social security disability representatives have worked with hundreds of individuals who feel discouraged or defeated by the process of filing a social security disability appeal.  We hear many people say things like, “I’ve worked hard. I’ve paid taxes. Why does the government seem absent just when I need support the most?”

If you are tired of waiting, or unsure what to do next, you are in the right place. Our experienced social security disability representatives have provided these three simple steps for appealing a social security disability denial. Read on to learn how to get the assistance you deserve (and fast).

1. Understand why you were denied

Did you know that approximately two thirds of applicants are initially denied? If the social security administration sees any reason that you do not meet requirements for benefits, they will likely deny the claim. Here are a few common reasons for denial:

  • The applicant already has income and/or resources
  • The applicant did not provide enough work or medical history
  • The social security administration was unable to contact the applicant
  • The applicant was incorporative
  • The applicant did not follow guidance from his or her doctor
  • The applicant has a drug addiction or history of substance abuse
  • The applicant has been previously convicted of a crime or fraud

If you fall into one of these categories, you don’t have to feel hopeless. The disability representatives at Ward Black Law can conduct a free case review to help you understand the denial and move forward.

2. File your appeal immediately

Don’t waste time – your social security disability appeal must be filed within 60 days of receiving notice of denial. If you miss that deadline and then re-apply, the process will likely be even longer. The notice of disagreement must be filed in writing. You’ll want to provide as much information as possible, correcting any inaccurate information that was submitted initially. Our disability representatives can walk with you through the entire appeal process. Here are the four stages we assist people though:

  1. Reconsideration
  2. Hearing
  3. Appeals Council Review
  4. Court Case

If you are approved during reconsideration, you may not have to attend a hearing. Likewise, if your hearing goes well, you won’t need to have your case reviewed by an appeals council. Appearing in court is only necessary if you’ve taken all the other steps without success.

3. Secure the support you need

This may seem like an extensive process, but rest assured – appealing a social security disability denial is no new task for Ward Black Law. We can help with every step, from filling out your appeal form to appearing in court, if necessary. Contact our Greensboro, N.C. social security disability representative today. We serve as a powerful voice for our clients, fighting for your rights and working tirelessly to attain the assistance you deserve.

If you have questions about your disability appeal, or that of a loved one, call Ward Black Law today at 336-333-2244, or toll-free at 800-531-9191. You may also reach Ward Black Law by email or online inquiry.