You got injured while performing your work duties. You did everything that was required of you:
- you contacted your superiors within 30 days
- you visited the appointed doctors
- you contacted your attorneys
- you filled a claim
However, you learned that your social security claim was denied. As disappointed as you are, you have no idea what to do next. Where do you start?
Consult With An Attorney
Always start with a consultation. If you do not know who to call, keep in mind that social security disability lawyers in Los Angeles are always available. The initial consultation is completely free of charge, and you will not be charged for anything until your case is reviewed and your claim is accepted. The importance is to act quickly, and file an appeal while you are still eligible to do so. Waiting will cause you to lose the right to file an appeal and with it your benefits.
But before you can file an appeal, there are a few things that you should know:
- understanding why your claim is denied: if your claim is denied, it does not mean that you are not disabled; it just means that you failed to provide all the evidence, paperwork or did not file the claim properly.
- You have 60 days: from the moment your initial claim is denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal. Breach the deadline and your appeal will not be taken into consideration.
- Do not just reapply: if your initial claim was denied, there has to be a reason for it. Try and find the reason, and apply all the changes or add the missing information or paperwork. Go through your documents and see what you did wrong in the first place.
- Get an attorney: if you did not have an attorney when filing an initial claim, now would be the perfect time to get one. You only have one more chance left; use it wisely, or risk having to cope with your injuries, medical bills and the loss of income.
What is Next?
You can always do the following:
- Request for reconsideration: after your initial claim is denied, you can request that Social Security take another look at your initial claim and “reconsider”. Note: the majority of these requests are also denied.
- Request a hearing before a judge: you have the right to request a hearing. You can testify and bring other experts to testify on your behalf.
- Request for review by appeals council: if the judge denied your claim, you have the right to ask for a higher level judge at the appeals council to review your file
- Filing a lawsuit against the Social Security Administration in federal court: this is your final option. If you have been denied at all previous stages and appeals, you will not be able to receive your benefits and your case is over. With a lawsuit, you may get another chance to start a new claim.
Always consult with Los Angeles social security disability lawyers before making a decision that will impact your future. If you talk to attorneys before filing an initial claim, you will not encounter all these problems.