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What happens if my disability claim is denied?

If a medical condition or physical injury keeps you from working, you may know you have the right to seek benefits through one of the Social Security Administration's disability programs. Mississippi readers understand effectively navigating the application process and securing the benefits you need is a complex process, and many first-time claims come back denied.

Learning your claim came back denied is a disheartening and frustrating step back, but it is not the end of the road for you. You have the right to seek a reconsideration of your claim and continue your pursuit of the benefits you need. It can be beneficial for you to understand how the reconsideration process works and how you can prepare for it.

Why did your claim come back denied?

It might surprise you to learn that the majority of first time claims for both Supplemental Security Income and Social Security Disability Insurance come back denied. The Social Security Administration holds to a strict definition of disability, and denied claims can happen for many reasons. Some of the most common reasons for denied claims include the following:

  • You can do other types of work.
  • Your disability is not truly severe or will likely not last for at least 12 months.
  • There was not enough medical evidence provided with your application.
  • You returned to work before proving you had a disabling condition.
  • It is possible your disabling condition is the result of drugs or alcohol addiction.

It can be incredibly frustrating to learn that your claim came back denied for any of the above reasons. Fortunately, you have the right to request a reconsideration of your claim. When you apply for a reconsideration of your disability benefits claim, you can present additional documentation and evidence of your disability, including a thoroughly prepared doctor's report.

Continuing your fight for benefits

Securing disability benefits can feel like a lengthy, frustrating battle, but you do not have to fight alone. Many applicants find it beneficial to seek legal guidance as they prepare for a reconsideration of their claim. You have the right to have help as you prepare your initial claim and gather appropriate documentation for a reconsideration.

If you are unable to work due to a medical condition, injury or mental impairment, you could have a rightful claim to certain benefits. You can learn more about these benefits and how you can avoid complications and issues during the application process by seeking a complete evaluation of your case.

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