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What to do if your Social Security Disability claim is denied

You suffered a long-term injury that prevents you from working and filed a Social Security Disability claim, only to have it denied. This is a frustrating and demoralizing experience. How are you supposed to financially support yourself? What are your options?

If your application for benefits was denied, do not lose hope. You may still be able to receive the payments you need to make ends meet. The following advice can help you figure out what to do about your SSD claim denial.

Appeal the decision

There are two mistakes you should avoid in this situation: giving up hope or re-applying. Giving up is never wise because the courts may approve your benefits once you appeal. Re-applying is risky because it will likely result in the same denial, further delaying the entire process.

While the four levels of appeal might initially intimidate you, do not fret. You may not have to go through all four levels. Approval of your request for reconsideration may come sooner than you think. Even if you have to go through all four levels, it is the most effective route to getting the financial help you need.

Get legal help

Before you jump right into the appeal process, you should seek assistance from an attorney. This gives you the representation you need to increase your chances of receiving your SSD benefits. You might be concerned about the costs, but you can get a free consultation and have a motivated representative fighting for your disability case.

While you likely feel worried, you do not have to lose hope of receiving your payments. Just because your initial application was denied does not mean you cannot make a successful appeal with a favorable outcome. If you consult a SSD attorney about your situation and go through the appeal process, you can hold onto your hope. 

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