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Should I Appeal My Disability Benefits Approval?

Posted on in Denied Social Security Benefits

Less than 7% of those applying for Social Security disability benefits, whether SSDI or SSI, whose case is at the reconsideration level are approved. If you are one of the few whose case is approved at that level, you may find yourself in a position where you are not satisfied with the back benefits awarded to you. Disagreeing with the Social Security Administration's decision, you may think about appealing. BE CAREFUL!

It is not always a good idea to appeal a reconsideration approval. In some circumstances, moving forward with appealing the decision could result in complete and total loss of benefits. Below are some key factors to consider before appealing:

1) Did you have an attorney helping you with your case prior to approval?

2) Is your disability benefits case for SSI or SSDI benefits?

3) The rationale Social Security provided for establishing the onset date

4) Does the medical evidence prove a different onset of disability?

5) Your financial situation

6) The money at stake if you appeal

Deciding to appeal a Social Security disability benefits claim approval is a very important and potentially risky decision. Before you go ahead with your appeal, we strongly recommend speaking with a Social Security disability lawyer. A disability attorney will review all of the facts and issues at stake, along with the consequences of such a major decision.


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