Thursday, October 6, 2011

The Importance of Filing an Appeal

Many people who apply for disability benefits in San Francisco are denied the first and even second times they apply. Receiving a denial letter is frustrating and discouraging, but appealing this decision is the next step to eventually getting awarded. Appeals are sent in to Social Security as an argument that you disagree with their decision and want to prove that you are disabled. The appeal consists solely of updated information on your conditions since you last filed and usually takes about 30 minutes to do online.

The first thing Social Security will ask you in the appeal is why you are appealing their decision. A simple statement, such as “My conditions are still disabling” will suffice, although you may go into more detail if you wish. Social Security will need you to input all your current contact information to confirm you are still living at the same address.

The appeal will then ask you in detail about how your conditions have changed since you last filed. Be ready to describe detailed information about any changes that have occurred, any new limitations you have developed, and any new conditions you have been diagnosed with. Social Security will then want to know how your conditions are affecting your daily activities. It is important to be as detailed as possible in describing whether you are able to leave the house due to your conditions and how often, or whether your conditions confine you to bed rest most of the time, etc. The next question will ask how your conditions affect your ability to care for your personal needs, such as dressing yourself, bathing yourself, etc. Again, be as detailed as possible- if you need to use a shower chair or need help getting dressed, write it!

The second part of the appeal will ask you about your updated medical information. You will need to input the doctors you are currently seeing as well as the last time you saw them and the next time you have a visit scheduled. Social Security is looking for proof that you are still currently receiving medical treatment. If you are seeing any new doctors, it will ask you about them as well. The appeal will also have you enter all the medications you are taking as well as any medical tests you have had performed since the date you last filed.

Overall, filing an appeal is much simpler than filing the Initial Application, but just as important. Again, Social Security is always looking for testimony that you are receiving current and continuous medical treatment and the appeal is a chance to prove this. One the appeal is received, Social Security will be requesting all your updated medical records and will make a decision on what they previously have along with any new records.

Disability Group, Inc. was founded on the principles of dignity and respect. We are a national law firm focused exclusively on helping people receive the Social Security Disability benefits they deserve. For more information about Social Security, or to see if you qualify for benefits, visit us at www.socialsecuritylaw.com.

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