How To Appeal Terminated SSDI Benefits

The SSA wants to make sure that only those who are qualified for benefits continue to receive them. If you have been qualified for SSDI benefits, you will not necessarily continue to receive them, even if you believe you are still injured and unable to work, unless you are able to convince the SSA that you should still qualify.

Don't Ignore the SSA

The SSA will try to gather evidence to help them determine if you should still be qualified for your benefits. If you ignore the SSA, they may simply deny your benefits. Instead, you will want to speak with an SSDI attorney about how you can protect your benefits.

Actions the SSA Will Take

The SSA will likely speak to your doctors and any clinics you have visited to gather evidence. They will try to find out how your disability affects you during your day-to-day activities. They will also learn about the medical tests you have received and any medications you are currently on. If they believe that you are no longer disabled, they may move to terminate your benefits.

When your benefits have been terminated, you will need to speak immediately with a social security disability attorney about how you can appeal the decision. When your disability claim is denied, you will be given information on how you can go about appealing the decision. 

The Appeal Process

You will usually need to fill out new forms and will need to provide additional documentation to show that you should continue to receive benefits. During the appeal process, you will continue to receive benefits. However, you will need to repay all of these benefits if you lose your appeal. You also have the option of filling out a form so that you do not receive benefits during your appeal and do not have to repay them as a result.

If you have any new treating physicians, you must submit contact information for these physicians in addition to any new medical information that might support your case. For example, your disability might have progressed in a way that prevents you from working and you will need to explain this.

The Appeal Hearing

When you attend the appeal hearing, you will be allowed to have an attorney represent you. Also, you may choose to request that you do not appear in person by mail. Regardless of the decision you make, you should always receive legal consultation before doing so.

Contact a social security attorney to learn more.