You may have received a denial letter if you applied for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits (also known as “disability benefits”) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Denial letters are sent to a large number of applicants. Getting a denial letter is one thing; it’s another to understand it, which is where an experienced disability attorney in Marion County comes in. Here’s how you can start decoding your letter.
Understanding Your Letter
At first glance, your rejection letter can appear full of confusing jargon, but key phrases reveal why your application was rejected. It’s possible that words like “non-severe” or “does not fulfill a disability listing” will appear. These phrases clarify why your application was rejected and why you will need to file a Social Security disability appeal. If the letter says “non-serious,” it means the Social Security Administration (SSA) does not think you have a “severe” medical or physical disorder.
If the disability “does not match an impairment listing,” it means it doesn’t meet (isn’t the same as) one of the conditions or impairments mentioned in the Social Security Administration’s “blue book.” However, just because the disability isn’t mentioned doesn’t mean you aren’t disabled or that it isn’t severe. It also doesn’t rule out the chance of getting assistance. A Marion County disability attorney can help make sense of this.
Pay Attention to the Dates
Even if you don’t think you understand anything in the denial letter, there are two points that you should pay attention to.
- the notice’s date (in the upper right-hand corner)
- instructions on how to challenge the rejection.
You only have 60 days from the date of the letter (the date in the upper right-hand corner) to file an appeal with the Social Security Administration, so this date is crucial. The rejection letter contains instructions on how to appeal. However, if you have been refused coverage, you may want to hire disability attorney in Marion County to represent you in your social security disability appeal, to improve your chances of being approved.
For more help, contact the Law Office of JW Chalkley III, PA at (866) 629-7511 or fill out the online contact form.