You may feel frustrated to learn that your application for disability benefits through the Social Security Administration came back denied. This means it will be even longer before you get the financial support you need, which can be devastating for you and your Wisconsin family. While a denied claim is a setback, it is not the end of the road for you. You have the right to appeal.

The appeals process allows you to continue your pursuit of disability benefits. The first step is to request a reconsideration of your claim. You are essentially asking the SSA to take another look at your application and the new evidence you included. A reconsideration is typically more effective than starting the application over from the beginning, and it should include new documentation for the SSA to consider.

Why a denial?

One of the most important things you can do is determine why your claim came back denied in the first place. The SSA frequently denies claims for the following reasons:

  • Your disability will likely not be permanent or last for at least 12 months.
  • You are able to do other types of work with your particular condition.
  • You did not follow instructions from your doctor regarding medical treatment.
  • You did not include sufficient documentation in your claim.
  • You began working again before you could prove your disability.
  • Your disability could be the result of alcohol or drug addiction.

Once you understand why the claim was not successful, you can move forward with the reconsideration process.

What should you include?

You will need to include new evidence and medical documentation when you request the SSA to reconsider your claim. Some of the things that may be helpful include additional medical findings, more details about your medical history, lab findings, a new diagnosis and more. You have 60 days after receiving the notice of the denied claim to move forward with the next step.

Do you need help?

The SSA evaluates claims based on a very strict definition of disability. It is relatively common for initial claims to come back denied. Working with an experienced attorney can give you a better chance of a successful claim the first time and provide you with the guidance you need in case a reconsideration is necessary. Before you apply or request this, you may want to seek an assessment of your case and explanation of what you can expect from the disability claims process.