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What should you do if your SSD benefits have been denied?

If you are suffering from an illness or injury and are unable to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits for illness. However, it is not always easy to get the benefits you deserve. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies close to 50 percent of applications for benefits. These denials are based on a variety of reasons. In some cases, people are denied because they make more than $940 a month. Other people are denied because their disability will not last more than a year or they failed to undergo proper treatment.

If you were denied benefits, there are things you can do to appeal the decision. First, you will have to file an appeal online within 60 days of the denial. If you do not file your appeal within 60 days, you will have to re-apply and get denied again before filing your appeal. Filing an appeal requires you to fill out an Appeal Request form and an Appeal Disability Report. You may also choose to fill out multiple SSA forms in writing, including a Request for Reconsideration form.

Once you have filed for appeal, the same New Jersey agency that reviewed your case the first time will reconsider your request for benefits. As a result, your benefits will likely be denied again. You will then have to fill out SSA form HA-501 to request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. The judge will decide whether to appeal the denial. If the Judge does not rule in your favor, you can fill out another form (HA-520) to request another hearing, this time in front of the Appeals Council. You can present any additional evidence at this time. If the Appeals Council does not rule in your favor, you will be able to appeal the decision in your local U.S. District Court.

If you are disabled and your SSD has been denied, you can gather your evidence and fight for your benefits through the appeals system.

Source: FindLaw, "If You've Been Denied Social Security Benefits," accessed on Jan. 2, 2017

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