After filing an initial application for SSI or Disability benefits, almost 70% of Michigan applicants receive a Notice of Disapproved Claim – the dreaded denial letter.
It’s OK to get denied.
It’s part of the process. Yes it is painful to get the letter, but don’t give be up if you truly cannot work. Read the letter to find out the following things:
- Whether it was a medical or non-medical denial. Did you get denied because SSA thinks you can do your past work or adjust to other work (medical denial) or did SSA find you didn’t have enough work credits, or you didn’t complete a certain form, or your assets were too high for SSI (non-medical/technical denial).
- How long you have to appeal. The time limit to appeal is usually 60 days from receipt of the letter (but SSA makes an assumption about when you receive the letter relative to the date on the letter). And certain types of appeals have shorter time limits.
- What type of appeal to file. Most appeals are either a request for hearing or a request for reconsideration.
- How to appeal. Some appeals can be filed online, while others cannot.
Keep good records.
Save your envelope because the time to appeal ends based on your receipt of the Notice of Disapproved Claim, which can be postmarked several days after the date on the letter. If you call SSA, note the date, time, number called, person you spoke with, and nature of the conversation.
If When SAA screws up, you want to be able to detail your efforts to pursue your claim and defend against any allegations you didn’t file on time.
Thousands of Social Security appeals are filed every day. The longer you wait to appeal, the more cases that can end up in front of yours.