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Many veterans attempt to collect disability benefits when their medical conditions leave them unable to maintain a full-time job. Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits are available to any person who is left unable to work due to a disabling condition, so long as they have earned sufficient work credits.

For you to receive disability benefits, you must demonstrate both the extent of your medical condition and how your past work history makes you eligible for compensation. However, the Social Security Administration (SSA) commonly issues denials of SSDI claims.

Fortunately, every veteran who receives a denial of benefits has the right to pursue an appeal with an attorney’s help. This includes submitting new applications, providing additional medical evidence, and even appearing in person before an Administrative Law Judge. An SSDI appeals lawyer can help you keep your claim for compensation moving forward.

What Process Must Veterans Follow to Request an Appeal?

There is only one way for veterans to request an SSDI appeal of a denial. No matter the reason for a denial, former servicemembers must submit Form SSA-561 to request a reconsideration by SSA staff members. This form requires most of the same information as an initial application but also gives veterans a chance to submit updates to their medical records and provide new evidence to support their claims.

An SSDI appeals attorney can help former servicemembers complete these forms and gather new evidence to strengthen their claims. A veteran has 60 days from the receipt of their first denial to initiate an appeal. Failure to meet this deadline could result in case dismissal, which would require a former servicemember to restart their claim from scratch. Fortunately, meeting this legal deadline is something VetLaw’s team of lawyers can help with.

Providing Additional Information

While submitting a formal request for an appeal will initiate the appellate process and keep a claim moving forward, there is more a veteran must do to prove their eligibility for disability compensation from the SSA. The most important thing is to continue attending doctor’s appointments. The records provided by doctor’s visits will document a veteran’s condition and how treatment has not yielded any improvements in their working abilities.

Additionally, the SSA may request supplementary information concerning:

  • A veteran’s work history
  • An up-to-date list of their medications
  • A summary of their day-to-day activities

A lawyer who regularly works with veterans to pursue SSDI appeals could make a substantial difference in an applicant’s ability to achieve a favorable outcome from the SSA’s appellate process.

Let an SSDI Appeals Attorney Help Keep Your Claim Moving Forward

Every veteran who finds that a physical or mental impairment is keeping them from working retains the right to apply for disability benefits through the SSA. However, this program is only available to those who have a sufficient employment history in addition to medically identifiable conditions that eliminate their ability to work.

Because of these strict requirements, the SSA denies most initial applications. While this does not necessarily mean that you are not eligible for benefits, it does require you to take swift legal action. Upon the receipt of a denial from the SSA, you have only 60 days to file an appeal.

An SSDI appeals lawyer from our team can help you keep your application moving forward. We can determine why you received a denial and complete the necessary steps to submit new evidence and meet the SSA’s requirements. Contact our firm today to learn more.