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How to Cope When You Have Been Denied Social Security Benefits

You’ve had your disability for over a year and there’s no relief in sight. You’re not able to work and you need help.

When you prepared your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits, you understood that this was one of your last chances to get the income you need to survive. Unfortunately, you recently received a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) denying your claim. What will you do now?

Why Your Social Security Disability Application Was Rejected

Most people who file claims for Social Security Disability will be rejected. In fact, public records suggest that more than two-thirds of all applicants are denied the benefits they so desperately need.

Most of the time, those initial rejection letters go out because of technical denials, which means that the applicants have failed to prove that they are truly eligible for benefits. Among the ways that this can happen:

  • The application is judged incomplete because some information—or maybe even the right signature in the right place—has been omitted.
  • There isn’t proof that the applicant worked long enough or recently enough, or that he contributed enough money to the Social Security trust fund.
  • The applicant is too old to collect disability benefits and must apply for Social Security retirement benefits instead.
  • There isn’t proof of a condition that either qualifies automatically for disability benefits or else is so disabling that the applicant cannot work gainfully at any job.

The Two Biggest Mistakes Made After a Rejection Notice

It’s sad, but true: many disabled people will make one of two critical mistakes right after receiving their initial rejection notice. Either they will give up, or else they’ll put the rejection notice aside in a desk drawer and plan to work on a response after a month or two.

Waiting to respond to your SSDI rejection is not a good strategy. You have the right to demand a review of an application that has been rejected. However, you have only 60 days to file an appeal. If you put the rejection notice aside for a couple months, you will have lost the chance to appeal the decision in your Social Security case.

You must act now.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

The Social Security disability attorneys at Wayne Wright LLP have helped people throughout Texas appeal adverse decisions on SSDI benefits. We cannot make promises in individual cases, but we can assure you that applicants who have help from attorneys are much more likely to ultimately get a favorable result from the Social Security Administration.

Contact our team today to get started on building your appeal.