If you are denied disability benefits altogether or it’s decided to change the amount of your benefits by the Social Security Administration, it can be very frustrating. It’s important not to give up hope if you feel that this decision is wrong. You do have 60 days in which to appeal the decision, so you should get started on it right away.
One of the first things that you should work on is your appeal letter. There are a few things to keep in mind during this process. You need to know how to write an appeal letter to Social Security disability. You need to start to build an effective case and writing a well-written letter is a great start.
- Review your denial notice carefully.
The notice that you received will help you build your case because it outlines the reason or reasons that your benefits have been denied. In your letter, you want to respond directly to these reasons.
- Review the instructions in the notice.
There will be instructions in your denial notice on how to appeal the decision. It’s imperative that you follow all of these instructions, so you know the deadlines and what forms are needed. If you don’t follow these instructions, your appeal will be denied.
- Gather your information.
First, make sure that the SSA has all of the correct information. Then, gather additional medical information and letters from your doctor.
- Format your letter.
Include your name and claim number at the top. It should be written on the standard paper size and have one-inch margins on each side. It should be in block paragraph format and Times New Roman 12pt font.
- What to include in the letter.
You should state your desire to appeal, provide an overview of your disability, describe how and why you’re unable to work, summarize your supporting documents and then conclude the letter.
- Submitting your appeal.
Make sure that you complete all the required forms and then mail in your appeal. If your haven’t already and are denied again, you’ll want to hire a lawyer. You are able to appeal multiple times, but you’ll need to hire a lawyer to appeal to an administrative law judge.
It’s important to understand the process of appealing your disability denial. An important part of this is knowing how to write an appeal letter to Social Security disability. Your lawyer can benefit greatly from using a summary service company to help with your appeal.