What To Do If You’re Denied Social Security

If you were denied social security disability there are steps you can take to have the decision reviewed. You also have the option to file a new application. This blog will show you how to appeal an unfavorable decision and teach you when to file an appeal verses a new application.

The bad news is that you were denied benefits the good news is you still have rights that can get you the money you need and deserve.

First you must request a review.  You can either write a letter or use the form provided by the Social Security Administration. The form is labeled HA-520 and here is the link:
http://www.socialsecurity.gov/online/ha-520.html

Please remember time is of the essence. You only have 60 days from the day you receive the denial notice to file an appeal.

There are 3 ways to file a request:

1.  File at any local social security office.
2.  File at a hearing office.
3.  Mail your request:
Appeals Council,Office of Disability Adjudication and Review,5107 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3255

Make sure to include the social security number

When you file an appeal you are allowed to submit new information. This can be helpful because sometimes with the first application there may have been medical records that could not be obtained in time. There may have also been errors in the records which hurt your case and they can be corrected and addressed in the appeal.

Now let’s take a look at filing a New application.  You are allowed to file a new application at any point. I suggest you only do this if you do not have the option to appeal.  Because when you file a new application you run the risk of losing some benefits.

This can be an overwhelming and stressful process.  If you want someone to take you through this process feel free to contact me.  There is never an upfront fee to you.

Katrinia M. Matthews
Non-Attorney Representative
for Ambrose Law Group
(248 )624-5500

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