You may have been unable to work for a while because of debilitating back pain and won’t be able to return anytime soon. Now, your long-term disability insurance is running out. You decide applying for Social Security disability benefits is the next step, so you hopefully can continue to pay your bills.
However, then you get a letter in the mail. The Social Security Administration (SSA) has denied your disability payments. What are you supposed to do now?
Dealing with a benefit denial
First, just over 50% of Social Security benefits are denied in North Carolina. Often, SSA denies first-time applicants. So, you are not alone. The good news is that you can appeal your disability claim. However, you have a better chance of getting your disability benefits approved with the help of an attorney.
Social Security often denies claims because of these reasons:
- You didn’t provide enough medical evidence of your condition or illness that prevents you from working.
- You filed a new disability benefits application instead of filing for an appeal after SSA denied your first application.
- You aren’t following your doctor’s treatment plan.
- You refuse to give the SSA access to your medical records.
Getting help with an appeal
With an attorney’s help, you can ensure your appeal is strong enough to have your disability benefits granted. You also have to meet strict deadlines to file an appeal, which an attorney familiar with Social Security disability benefits will understand.
The key to receiving Social Security benefits is not give up if the SSA denies your benefits. You can get your benefits approved when you have the right help.