Social Security disability claims are tricky and the vast majority are rejected. Upon receiving the rejection letter in the mail, many people are confused, angry, and unsure where to turn for help. A Columbia Social Security disability benefits lawyer explains the essential steps after your claim has been denied.
First, do not start filing a new claim. It is essential that you appeal the original denied claim. Your chance of being awarded benefits during the appeals process is much higher than simply filing a new claim. Filing a new claim is likely to end in another rejection for the same reason as the previous claim.
In addition, choosing to file a new application is basically giving up money. A new application results in a new filing date. Once approved for benefits, you receive disability back pay based on the filing date of your claim. If you file a new claim, it is like your first claim never existed. Your benefits are based solely on the filing date of the approved claim. This can result in a substantial loss of income. For example, you filed on Jan. 5, 2012. After 6 months, your claim was denied. Instead of appealing you filed a new claim on Oct. 5, 2012. This claim was eventually approved. You will only receive back pay from Oct. 5, 2012. You essentially lost 9 months of back pay by filing a new claim.
When you receive a denial in the mail, contact an attorney immediately. The vast majority of SSDI claims are denied at the initial claim and reconsideration levels. In order to receive benefits, many claims require a hearing in front of an administrative law judge and most people seeking SSDI benefits simply lack the legal knowledge to prepare a convincing and factual case for a hearing. A Social Security disability benefits lawyer has the knowledge and experience to ensure your case is handled properly, well prepared, and organized. They have the foresight to know what information a judge will request and will work with your doctor to verify the proper information.
Contact us for assistance with your claim. Our helpful and knowledgeable attorneys will work with you to gather medical records, test results, and statements from your doctor. We work tirelessly to ensure you have the best possible chance of being awarded the benefits you are entitled.