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Appeals are common part of application process

People in Newark and others around the country first applying for Social Security Disability Insurance are often initially denied. However, applicants have the option to appeal those decisions and are often successful, particularly if they seek help from an attorney or other representative. Because approximately two-thirds of initial SSDI applications are denied, applicants should plan ahead and be prepared for an appeal.

In 2011, the Social Security Administration received 859,514 requests for appeals. SSDI applicants who appeal initial denials should avoid making common mistakes so that they can begin receiving disability benefits in a timely manner.

One mistake to avoid is missing the appeal deadline. An applicant is able to provide more information about his or her condition to the SSA in an appeal than in the initial application. If an individual misses the appeal deadline, they have to begin the entire process all over again.

In addition, many unrepresented applicants fail to provide sufficient information to win their claims. Applicants should provide details about all their doctors and the true impact their disability has on their ability to work. It is also important that applicants continue to submit all medical records while their appeals are pending.

It is also a good idea to keep track of important documents. Making copies of forms and records can help save time and money in the future.

Although it can feel hopeless, it is also important for those appealing decisions to not give up. Although there are many requirements and steps an individual needs to take to begin receiving SSDI benefits, it can be hugely beneficial in the end.

Source: Houston Chronicle, "Social Security Disability Appeals Reached New Record in 2011," Feb. 7 2012

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