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What to do if your SSDI application receives a denial

On Behalf of | Nov 25, 2023 | Blog, Social Security Disability

So, your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) application did not get the green light.

A denial is disheartening, but you should understand the steps you need to take to appeal the decision.

Understand the reasons

In 2022, Social Security Administration field offices received 1,804,384 applications for SSD, but only 543,445 received approval. Therefore, find out the specific reasons for your rejection.

Gather additional medical evidence

One common reason for SSDI denials is a lack of sufficient medical evidence, so compile detailed records of your medical history, treatments and any recent developments in your condition. Consult your healthcare providers for supporting documentation.

Seek professional input

Seek guidance from a knowledgeable advocate or representative. Reach out to disability advocacy groups or non-profit organizations that provide assistance with SSDI appeals. They can offer valuable insights and resources.

Review the grid rules

SSDI has a set of medical-vocational guidelines, commonly known as the “grid rules.” These rules consider your age, education, work experience and functional limitations. Review these rules to understand how they apply to your case and if the SSA correctly assessed your initial application.

File a Request for Reconsideration

File a Request for Reconsideration. Submit a detailed explanation of why you believe the initial decision was incorrect. Include any new evidence you have gathered to strengthen your case. Be thorough and organized in presenting your arguments.

Prepare for a hearing

Prepare to present your case in front of an administrative law judge. Organize your evidence, be clear and concise in your statements and prepare to answer questions about your condition and its impact on your ability to work.

The SSDI application process can be lengthy. Continue to work closely with healthcare professionals, follow the appeal process diligently and stay engaged in the pursuit of the benefits you rightfully deserve.

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