Indiana readers understand that many initial applicants seeking disability benefits are left frustrated and concerned when their application comes back denied. A significant number of people are not successful on their first attempt to get benefits, but that is not the end of the road for these individuals. If you need benefits, you have the right to continue your fight for financial support.
There are legal options available for individuals who need disability benefits yet received a negative response to their initial claim. The process of fighting for benefits can be complex and confusing, but you do not have to walk through it alone. You have the right to seek benefits and support as you work through this often difficult and confusing process.
Will you have to attend a hearing?
After receiving a denial of your initial claim, you can take a series of steps to continue your fight. The first step is to request a reconsideration of your claim. If this does not work, you can then seek a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. Consider the following facts about this step:
- You will receive at least a 20-day notice about the time, date and place of your hearing.
- You do not have to attend your hearing in person, but it is reasonable to assume that your presence could be beneficial for your request for benefits.
- In a hearing, there can be testimony from both witnesses and the claimant about the need for benefits.
- Vocational experts may also speak about your disability and work-related limitations at these hearings.
Appealing a denied claim can be a confusing and overwhelming process, yet you will find it beneficial to have support through every step. A hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge can be intimidating, but applicants are entitled to have legal representation.
Fighting for a beneficial outcome
Securing disability benefits can be very important for your financial well-being and the needs of your family. It is critical to continue your fight after a denied claim, and there could be significant benefits for your case to have legal assistance from the very beginning.
You may find it helpful to first get answers to your questions regarding your rights and options before you move forward. A complete evaluation of your case is a smart first step for anyone who needs disability benefits, whether you need to complete your initial application or you wish to appeal a denied claim.