Jan 10, 2017

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What Is The Next Step When You Are Denied Social Security Benefits?

What Is The Next Step When You Are Denied Social Security Benefits?

If you are disabled, receiving notification from Social Security in Missouri stating that your application has not been approved can be devastating. It is important however not to see this as the end of the line but as the beginning of the appeals process. The last thing to do is give up, a great number of those denied when they first apply find that they are granted approval once they are granted a hearing.

It certainly is not unusual to be denied Social Security benefits, about three quarters of all applicants are. Although the appeals process can be difficult and daunting, many of those that persevere are rewarded.

Social Security Disability Insurance is a federal program that is overseen by the Social Security Administration. Once approved for benefits the disabled individual will receive a monthly check. To be eligible for SSDI the applicant must not have reached the age of retirement, have paid FICA taxes and the disability must be expected to last at least a year.

What happens if your application is not approved?

You are granted the right of appeal; you must take advantage of this within 60 days. Do not reapply, appeal but be quick. If you miss the 60 day window you have no other option but to reapply.

When you are denied benefits, chances of being granted Social Security in Missouri are actually better when you reach the hearing level. Here, you and your legal representative will be in front of an Administrative Law Judge, your current medical records will be reviewed and you will probably be asked questions by vocational experts. You and the judge have an opportunity to speak; you can present your case far better than is possible on paper. About 60 percent of those that reach the hearing stage are awarded benefits, it is suggested that those that have been working closely with a disability lawyer have even a better chance of success.

Social Security in Missouri oversees the disability benefits program. If you are disabled and considering applying for Social Security disability benefits you are invited to discuss your case with the Grundy Disability Group.

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