Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) may help ease some of the stress you may have after sustaining a long-term injury or illness. You may be eligible to receive benefits to compensate for lost wages and medical bills you may have.
If the Social Security Administration denies your application, do not worry. Approval rates vary by state, but nationally the average rate of approval for disability income claims is only 30 percent.
The appeals process
Once you receive a denial on your application, you have 60 days to file an appeal. If you miss the deadline, you must reapply and start the process over, so it is important to file an appeal right away. There are four steps in the SSDI appeals process:
- Administrative hearing
- Appeals council review
- Federal court review
Do I need a lawyer to help me?
Some people choose to handle the Social Security appeals process on their own. The Social Security Administration may offer you basic guidance or help with filling out forms. However, if you need additional help, seeking out an attorney may be in your best interest. They will be able to help you understand the appeals process in greater detail. An attorney will include all the necessary paperwork and gather any medical evidence, which may strengthen your appeal.
The majority of applicants do not receive approval on their initial request. Seeking out the help of an experienced social security disability lawyer may increase your chances of receiving approval for SSDI benefits.