Understanding a Notice of Denial from Social Security

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A notice of denial from Social Security is frustrating. You are already preoccupied with treatment and expenses, and now know that disability benefits may not be coming. However, it’s actually very common to get a notice of denial the first time you apply. So don’t give up! Do your best to understand what the notice means and improve your case:

What Does a Notice of Denial Mean?

Your letter will inform you that the Social Security Administration does not consider you eligible for disability benefits. It will then explain the reasoning behind their decision. There are a few common reasons for denials:

  • Your condition is not considered severe enough.
  • Your disability doesn’t “meet or equal an impairment listing.” In this case, your condition is not included or outlined  in the SSA’s listing of impairments.

The end of the letter will explain how you can appeal the SSA’s decision.  Take note of the date in the upper right-hand corner. 60 days after that date, you can no longer appeal.

What to Do if You are Denied

Denials are a common part of the disability claims process. There is hope, though — many denied applicants win their claims after an appeal. Because of the huge number of disability applications, many qualified claimants get lost in the mix and denied on the first round. An appeal can help the SSA correct itself and grant you the benefits you deserve.

If you receive a notice of denial from Social Security, read it closely and try to understand it. If you have questions or concerns about your claim, let us help. At Summit Disability Law Group, we specialize in Social Security disability cases and know what the SSA is looking for. Take advantage of all your resources — winning your disability claim is worth it. Contact us today for a free consultation.

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