The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program exists to protect people from going in to poverty when they experience severe medical situations. Those with sudden illnesses and injuries can qualify for SSDI benefits if they have a condition that prevents them from working or taking care of themselves that will last for at least a year, if not indefinitely.
Sadly, quite a few people who need SSDI benefits receive a rejection after they initially apply. They will have to appeal the initial decision in order to get the benefits they need. What does an SSDI appeal involve?
Appeals can take on different forms depending on the circumstances
There are multiple forms of appeal available to those applying for SSDI benefits. The first and most basic is to request a second review of your application. Provided that you feel the application itself is accurate and that there’s sufficient medical documentation, having a different individual review the application can be enough to get an approval after a denial.
If that doesn’t resolve the issue in your favor, you can then request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. Such hearings often involve substantial medical evidence and even testimony from family members, medical professionals or former employers. Beyond that, you also have the right to request a review by the Appeals Council or a federal court review of your case.
If you’re worried about getting an SSDI approval or if you already know you need to appeal a denial, working with an experienced attorney can make the process easier for you.