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How to react after a benefit application is denied

Many Social Security Disability claims filed by Indiana residents are denied at the initial application level. However, this doesn't mean that an applicant is not entitled to benefits. An individual will need to submit an appeal within 60 days of the denial notice being received. An additional five days may also be available to account for mailing the appeal paperwork.

In most cases, it takes only a matter of minutes to fill out appeal paperwork and send it to the correct Social Security office. People can ask an attorney to file an appeal on their behalf. This may be especially beneficial for those who likely won't do it on their own because of anxiety or a habit to procrastinate. In most cases, the denial letter itself won't specify a reason as to why the application was rejected. Therefore, it may not be worth asking why it was denied prior to sending in an appeal.

It is also important to note that most applications are also denied at the reconsideration level. It is a good idea to contact the Social Security Administration to ensure that the paperwork was received. Again, those who have an attorney may request that he or she do this on their behalf. Doing so can prevent an appeal from being dismissed because it was not filed in a timely manner.

SSD benefits can be a financial lifesaver for people who are unable to work. Individuals who have questions about how to obtain them may wish to speak with an attorney. In many cases, having legal representation bolsters people's chances of getting the compensation that they need to pay bills.

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