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3 Ways To Improve Your Chances Of A Successful Disability Claim Appeal

by Layla Bryant

If your disability claim has been denied – don't panic. You're in good company. Over half of all disability claims are denied, initially.  However, many people who face this outcome have their case appealed and are successful in their second attempt. To boost your appeal efforts, keep a few important tips in mind.

Get The Details

If you prepare your appeal in the same manner that you did your initial benefit application, don't be surprised if you are met with another denial. Before prepping your claim, find out the specific reason that your claim was denied for as this will highlight your error and give you an opportunity to correct it.

Denial explanations can range from anything from a technical denial, such as forgetting to complete certain parts of the application or something more detailed like a lack of adequate medical records. A review of the denial letter should provide this information. If you are having a hard time, an attorney can also review the letter with you.

Adhere To Deadlines

Just as there are requirements when it comes to how long you have to file for disability, there are also requirements when it comes to submitting an appeal. You are required to submit an appeal within 60 days from the date of the denial letter.

If you fail to do so, your case will automatically be denied and you will be required to begin the entire application process all over again. To avoid this type of scenario, it's best to begin preparing your appeal as soon as you receive the denial to ensure the clock doesn't run out.

Stay On Track With Treatment

Make sure you understand that just because your case was denied and you have a pending appeal does not mean that your case is frozen in time. Once your appeal has been received and the case reopened, you may be required to submit new medical records as part of the review process.

If you haven't been consistently taking your medication, attending physical therapy appointments or following your doctor's orders and this is noted in your medical records, even if you have corrected the initial error, your case could be denied for this reason. Keep up with all prescribed treatment throughout the entire process to increase your chance for success.

As part of an appeal, it's helpful to consider working alongside an attorney who handles disability claims. An attorney won't just review your claim, but they will also review the law as it pertains to your case to help improve your chances of a successful appeal.