When you apply for disability benefits, it is because you are not able to work and earn a living to support yourself and your family due to an injury or illness. Due to the severity of your medical condition, you cannot continue to work or enter the workforce. Securing benefits through the Social Security Administration is important for you and your Michigan family.
Because it is so critical to secure these benefits, it can be a devastating blow to find out that your claim came back denied. This is a setback, but it is not the end of the road for you. There are steps you can take to continue your fight for benefits, and you do not have to walk through this process by yourself.
What should you do next?
After receiving notice of a denied claim, the most important thing you can do next is to refuse to give up. Many people mistakenly believe that there is nothing one can do after a denied claim, but that is simply not the case. Before you move forward, it may be helpful for you to understand the reason why the SSA denied your claim. The most common reasons for this include:
- It is possible your disability is the result of drug use or alcohol abuse.
- There is evidence you earn too much money to qualify for benefits.
- Your injury is not serious, and your disability will affect you for less than one year.
- It is possible you did not follow the doctor’s orders for treatment and care.
- A representative from the SSA has been unable to contact you about your case.
- You did not include enough medical documentation in your claim.
Once you know why your claim came back denied, you can make plans to move forward with the next step. Through an appeal or a reconsideration of your claim, it is still possible you will be able to get the financial help you need.
A better chance of success
Many applicants find it helpful to work with an experienced attorney as they complete their claim or deal with a denied claim. Having this type of help can give you a stronger chance of success and make it more likely you will avoid further setbacks and frustrations. If you are unsure of how to proceed or what you can do to get the benefits you need to support yourself, a complete evaluation of your case can be helpful and informative.