Filing a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance can be stressful, and it is easy to get frustrated by the process. This is especially true for people who confidently submit claims, only to have them denied. A common reaction to rejection is giving up — often due to the misguided acceptance that such a decision is final. But it’s not! And giving up is almost never the right decision after your claim is denied. Most cases suffer this fate initially, which is understandable given the immense number of applications and limited resources in the hands of the Social Security Administration. So what should we do? One of your best options is to contact a lawyer to help you out — and that’s where we come in.
Being Denied is so Common, it’s Almost the First Step
Over the past decade, more than 60% of disability claims were denied, and less than a quarter of all claims were successful on the first try. Knowing that, having your claim denied pretty much becomes the first step in the process of getting SSDI benefits. The important step, then, is your second one, and it should be to file an appeal. You have 60 days to do this after being denied, and hiring a disability lawyer can be a great help in getting things done quickly and effectively. They are familiar with the process and can help you avoid critical mistakes which may jeopardize a second chance at benefits.
At Summit Disability Law Group, we specialize in providing exactly this kind of help. We are experienced in the appeals process and take pride in advocating for our clients. If you find yourself in the situation we just described, let us know. And even if you haven’t started your application yet, or just want to know more about SSDI, feel free to contact us for assistance. Just because being denied on your first try is very common, it isn’t inevitable. Crafting an accurate initial application can be extremely helpful.
Giving the First Try Your Best Shot
Like we discussed, less than 25% of SSDI applicants are successful the first time around. But who’s to say you’re not part of that 25%? Avoiding error and simply knowing what to say on your initial application is crucial to having your claim accepted at any point. The online application for SSDI, found here, requires a lot of specifics about you, your health, and your disability. Having a disability lawyer by your side to help accurately communicate those specifics can be very beneficial.
If you would like the help of a disability lawyer as you apply for SSDI, fill out the consultation request on this page and we will respond as quickly as we can. By working together on your application, we can make the process run smoothly.
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