Will appealing a denied claim result in a different outcome?

Finding out that the Social Security Administration denied your claim can create frustration and confusion. Pending medical bills, inability to work and looming financial hardship may impact your life in a number of ways.

Regardless of the SSA’s decision to deny your application, you have the right to file an appeal. While this action does not guarantee approval, it may give you a winning shot at a different outcome.

Appeal process

Immediately upon receiving word that the SSA denied your claim, start strategizing your appeal. According to the SSA, under a majority of circumstances, you only have a 60-day window to appeal a decision. During this time, you should actively gather supporting evidence of your condition that you can use to substantiate your claim. Collaborate with your health care provider to document your injury and its impact on your life and ability to work.

Depending on your situation, your appeal may happen on one of four levels including the following:

  • Reconsideration
  • Hearing
  • Review
  • Federal Court review

Appeal tips

The preparation you put into your appeal can make a considerable difference in the outcome. Pay particular attention to the timing of your appeal, as well as the content you include in your letter. Persuasively describe your situation and injuries. Document the hardships created as the result of your injury. Ask your doctor to write a letter on your behalf. Refrain from fabricating your story or using exaggeration to prove a point.

As you prepare to file an appeal, you may consider working with a legal professional. An attorney’s guidance can help you avoid costly mistakes and may improve your chances of a satisfactory result.

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