Social Security disability benefits can be an important tool for helping those struggling with the effects of a serious physical or mental handicap to be able to support themselves and their families. Unfortunately, filing for these benefits can often be surprisingly challenging. Medical documentation, lengthy paperwork, and sometimes-confusing instructions can easily lead applicants to make mistakes on their initial filing.
Because of the considerable number of applications most Social Security offices must process each year, unfortunately, even minor errors on your application can lead an otherwise compelling case for disability benefits to be quickly denied. This can make getting the benefits you need considerably more difficult, and many applicants can become frustrated at this stage.
For this reason, it is not uncommon for some to file a new application for benefits, hoping to correct any mistakes they may have made on their first application. Unfortunately, what many people are not aware of is that this is actually the biggest mistake you can make when filing for SSDI benefits. When an application for benefits is denied, claimants have the right to begin the process of appealing the decision. The appeals process can go through a number of different stages, though with the representation of a good attorney, it is often possible to receive a favorable judgment at the first stage of appeal.
Filing a new application complicates this process. Having multiple applications for the same individual can create problems for the Social Security office and dramatically lengthen the amount of time it takes to process a claim. Furthermore, if you cannot successfully determine what caused your application to be denied in the first place, you run the risk of having subsequent applications denied as well.
In contrast, by choosing to appeal a denied claim, you can work with an attorney to help demonstrate more concretely to an administrative law judge the actual nature of your condition and how it prevents you from working. The face-to-face interaction is often key in helping to convince others that your disability is real and meaningful.
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