The Social Security Administration processes hundreds of thousands of disability claims every year. As a result, their system can often make mistakes and deny perfectly legitimate petitions for benefits. If your claim has been denied, a thorough appeal process can often result in an approval. Here are three steps to follow if you are denied your disability claim to help you receive the benefits you are rightfully entitled to:
Compile All of Your Evidence
Your claim may have been denied due to insufficient evidence. The first step after a Social Security disability denial should be to critically look at your paperwork and see if there are any gaps. Ask your doctor or hospital for your medical records and talk to your supervisor to receive copies of your paperwork documenting your injury. The stronger the evidence of your injuries, the more likely you are to receive compensation.
Consult An Attorney
You have 60 days from the date of your denial to file an appeal. An experienced Social Security disability or workers’ compensation attorney can appeal your claim and help in getting your disability claim approved. A lawyer can represent you in front of the administrative Social Security judge and compile evidence that best illustrates the extent of your injuries. He or she can also use recent court cases to back up your claim and help convince the judge that you deserve compensation for your injuries.
Do Not Go Back to Work if You Are Not Well
A denial of your claim is not an automatic requirement that you return to work immediately. The Social Security disability claim process allows you for a number of appeals. If you are still unwell and receiving medical care, continue with your course of treatment. Do not go back to work if you are not completely recovered, as this can further aggravate your injury and lead to more time off from work in the future.
If your Social Security disability claim is denied, consult an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The law office of Krasno, Krasno, & Onwudinjo is skilled at helping workers receive the compensation they deserve. Injured Pennsylvania employees should call our office at (888) 774-9695 for a free and confidential case evaluation.