If a physical injury or serious sickness prevents you from working, you are likely facing financial pressures in addition to your physical concerns. It can be critically important to secure some type of financial support through a disability claim with the Social Security Administration. It can be devastating if your claim comes back denied.
A denied claim is a significant setback, but as some Michigan readers know, it is a rather common occurrence. In fact, many initial claims are not successful, but that is not the end of the road. There are still certain options available to you, including seeking a reconsideration of your claim. If you are fighting for benefits, you may find it helpful to have guidance as you walk through this process.
Your right to continue your fight
One of the most significant steps after a denied claim is to find out why your claim came back denied. The SSA holds a strict definition of disability, and many applicants with valid disabling medical conditions find it difficult to secure the support they need and deserve. Some common reasons for denial include:
- No evidence the disability will last for a period of at least one year
- Possibility that injury or illness is the result of drug or alcohol abuse
- Insufficient medical documentation and evidence that you followed doctor’s treatment plan
These are just few of the reasons that claims come back denied. However, you have the right to keep fighting by requesting a reconsideration of your claim. Once you know why your claim did not get approval, you can move forward with preparing the reconsideration. This often means gathering more medical evidence and documentation to validate the severity and impact of your disability. This can include:
- A more extensive medical history
- Notes from doctors and other types of medical professionals about your disability
- Notes, receipts and paperwork from appointments and treatment visits
- Lab results and clinic findings pertaining to the impact of your injury or sickness
Many people have to seek a reconsideration of their disability benefits claim, but you do not have to walk through it alone.
The help you need, the support you deserve
It can be very important for your family to have financial support through a disability claim. You can learn more about what to expect from the process and a potential reconsideration of your claim by first seeking a compete evaluation of your case.