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Appeals are an option after SSDI denials

On Behalf of | Dec 9, 2021 | SSD

When someone suffers from a condition that makes the person unable to work, Social Security Disability Insurance may provide the funds that allow the person to cover essentials such as food and clothing. The approval process requires Pennsylvania applicants to meet specific criteria for approval, and not everyone meets the bar initially. A denial could create panic, but applicants should realize that an appeals process exists.

Appealing SSDI denials

The Social Security Administration does not want to approve benefits for those who may have a dubious claim or one based on outright fraud. Reviewers might even check someone’s social media accounts to see if the person has an active hobby that casts doubt on the claimed disability. The SSA’s standard for approval leaves many applications denied, some for good reasons. However, the SSA’s representative may wrongfully deny a case, often leading to the applicant filing an appeal. Data suggests that 65% of appeals lead to approvals.

Of course, the appeal must present compelling evidence that overcomes the reasons for the initial denial. If the first application faced a denial due to a lack of sufficient medical records, the appeal might require detailed medical reports that give the SSA what it seeks.

Submitting an appropriate appeal

The applicant might think he or she has submitted a complete and thorough Social Security Disability Insurance claim. The SSA may disagree, resulting in a denial. Lack of experience would likely remain a problem if the applicant tries to handle a DIY appeal.

Not everyone realizes that there are ways to potentially expedite an appeal. A “compassionate allowance” might help someone suffering from a serious illness. In addition, an “on-the-record review” could lead to an administrative law judge making a swift decision. Whatever steps the appeal follows, the result could be beneficial for the applicant.