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How to appeal a Social Security Disability denial

Residents of Mississippi who have suffered an injury or illness that left them totally disabled may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. To be considered disabled, under the Social Security Administration's definition, the person must be rendered unable to perform basic work duties. The agency determines whether an individual is able to adjust to another work environment due to their medical condition. The medical condition must be expected to last for at least one year or to result in the injured person's death.

Because the SSA's requirements can be strict, the agency sometimes turns down requests for benefits. Individuals who have applied for benefits and been denied may want to seek an appeal.

There are two different paths for appeal. If the application was denied for medical reasons, you may file an Appeal Request and Appeal Disability Report. The appeal will require updated information concerning the applicant's medical condition and any treatment associated with that care. Any changes that occurred between the original application and the appeal should be submitted. The SSA website has tools that allow people to file these forms online, if they so desire. Attorneys can help with this process.

The other path for appeal is for non-medical issues. This appeal must be sent to the nearest Social Security office for review and cannot be filed online.

An experienced Social Security disability attorney can help claimants seeking an appeal. Whether the appeal is based on a medical or non-medical issue, the right attorney can help applicants navigate through the legal issues affecting their case.

Source: Social Security, "Benefits for People with Disability," last visited June 28, 2015

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