Dealing with Denied Disability and Being Unable to Work: What to Do Next

You may want to consider appealing your denial. You can also consult with a Social Security lawyer to discuss other options for filing another claim or getting the decision reversed.

Applying for Disability Benefits

When certain individuals are unable to work due to a disability, they are often eligible to receive disability benefits. Applying for this type of support can be a stressful and drawn-out process. It is important to be mindful of the steps needed in order to ensure that your application is approved.

The first step to applying for disability benefits includes gathering necessary paperwork and being prepared with information about the disability. When filling out an application, it is important to be honest and accurate about any pertinent medical information as well as employment history. Additionally, income tax returns may be requested when filing an application. Those who struggle to pay for their medical care should include receipts or statements that provide detailed proof of their expenditures in the application.

Although applying for disability benefits can provide temporary or long-term financial assistance, the process of being approved has been a great source of contention. Some individuals argue that the application process is cumbersome and lengthy while other claim that it is straightforward and easy if all documents required are provided. In some cases, applicants must attend an interview as part of the approval process which may require long wait times before ultimately being approved or denied—adding additional frustration and anxiety to an already challenging situation.

Overall, completing the application for disability benefits requires time, documentation, patience, and perseverance in order for it to be successful and accepted. Anyone considering applying should understand not only what supporting documentation is required but also be prepared mentally for a potential long-awaited decision from healthcare providers.

Understanding the application process is key when hoping to be approved for any type of disability benefits. In the following section we will explore more deeply what is involved in filing paperwork with healthcare providers so that one can make sure their approval will come sooner than later.

Understanding Application Process

When applying for disability benefits, it is important to understand the application process and how best to approach it. The first step is completing the required paperwork, including a detailed application and a medical form. Disability applicants must provide their medical records and any relevant information about their current employment status and mental or physical condition. The Social Security Administration (SSA) will then review this information and determine whether the applicant meets the definition of disability as set out in the Social Security Act.

The SSA may request additional evidence, such as statements from treating physicians, to help make its decision. Applicants should be sure to thoroughly document all evidence and complete any required paperwork and forms in a timely manner. It is also important to be aware that there are criteria for what constitutes a disability, which includes meeting a certain level of impairment for at least one year or more.

The SSA will consider all available evidence when making a decision on an individual’s qualification for disability benefits; however, it is not always easy to qualify for those benefits. After reviewing the application, the SSA may grant the applicant benefits, but they may also deny the claim. Even if the initial application is denied, applicants have the right to appeal their denial by filing an appeal within 60 days of receiving the notice of denial and request reconsideration of their claim. By presenting new facts or evidence or pointing out mistakes in earlier decisions made by SSA agents, applicants can sometimes change an unfavorable outcome simply by asking questions or suggesting additional sources of information that could affect their eligibility status.

No matter what, understanding the application process – including all of its challenges – can help guide candidates through this period of uncertainty and prepare them for making informed decisions about next steps. With this knowledge in hand, people who have been denied disability can make informed choices about what to do next – explored more in-depth in our next section about “What To Do If You Are Denied” .

What to Do If You Are Denied

If you have been denied disability benefits despite your best efforts, you may feel completely overwhelmed. You may find yourself uncertain of what to do next and unsure of how to proceed. There are a few important steps that those who have been denied can take in order to attempt to obtain the benefits they need.

First, you should carefully read your denial letter. It will usually explain why you have been denied and provide specific criteria that must be met before approval is granted. Once you have a handle on the reasons behind your denial, there are two paths available: reapplying or appealing the decision.

Reapplying gives applicants another chance of obtaining benefits if they can demonstrate new evidence or documentation of their circumstances since the initial application was submitted. For example, if an applicant’s condition has worsened and they can document it with recent medical records, they may be successful in their reapplication. However, this option is not guaranteed and doesn’t necessarily require further action from the institution from which benefits are sought.

The other option is to appeal the original decision; however, this requires additional paperwork as well as meeting certain deadlines for filing documents. Additionally, many appeals are heard by judges who are familiar with Social Security law and regulations. These judges do not side with applicants who don’t bring compelling evidence or fail to accurately refute the current information provided by the agency’s medical experts.

No matter which route you decide to take, it’s best to collect all evidence needed prior to making your decision and filing necessary paperwork. This includes all medical records such as diagnostic reports and test results, as well as statements from healthcare professionals summarizing your diagnosis/conditions as well as functional limitations related to it and any potential side effects of treatment prescribed. Finally, consult a qualified professional – such as a lawyer – who is familiar with disability law and can advise you on the best course of action for your individual situation.

Taking action promptly after a denial is essential; having adequate time to prepare appeals or submit applications again allows individuals more opportunities for positive outcomes. Knowing what steps one should take following a denial can make a big difference in one’s chances of success when seeking disability benefits or returning back to work after an accident or illness has left them unable to continue their occupation due to long-term health issues.

By assessing each unique situation thoroughly and gathering sufficient evidence from healthcare professionals along with relevant documentation, those who have been denied can gain an understanding of what obstacles remain between them and their disability benefits and how best to overcome them. Appealing the decision requires patience and perseverance but when done correctly can result in success. The next section will discuss Appeal Procedures and Evidence Requirements needed for each step of this process.

Appeal Procedures and Evidence Requirements

When a disability claim is denied, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Fortunately, the Social Security Administration or other government agency that handles the disability claim process provides an appeal process for those who have been denied. The first step in the appeal process is filing a Notice of Reconsideration, which requests a review of the initial decision by another person employed by the same agency as the original reviewer. In some cases, this will result in a reversal of the decision and approval of benefits; however, it is more likely that the decision will remain unchanged.

At this point, if one wishes to further challenge their denied claim, they can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. It is important to note that there are deadlines imposed on each level of appeal; failure to meet these deadlines might result in being barred from further pursuing an appeal. Furthermore, when filing for an appeal hearing, it is important to provide evidence (such as medical records) in order to back up one’s claim for disability. Medical records should show that one’s impairment has significantly impacted them from being able to work; any additional documentation that supports their need for disability benefits should also be included at this stage.

It is crucial to understand both sides of the argument during this time. It can be difficult for one to know why their initial claim was denied, although understanding which evidence and documentation was missing may be helpful in determining how best to proceed with their appeal. Gathering corroborating evidence and coordinating with one’s physician may assist in presenting a stronger application on appeal as well.

In conclusion, exhausting alloptions within the appeals process may take several months or even longer depending on case-by-case basis—so it is important to be patient throughout the process while gathering strong evidence in order to increase one’s chances of getting approved. Now that we understand the necessary steps involved in appealing denied disability claims, let us move onto resources available to help manage financial struggles while disabled individuals await approval of their benefits claims.

Resources for Managing Financial Struggles

Managing financial struggles when denied disability and unable to work can be an overwhelming and daunting task. It is important to recognize that, even in the face of unforeseen challenges, there are resources available for those in need. One potential resource for those struggling is governmental assistance programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families). These programs help provide essential needs such as food, housing, medical care, and utilities. They also offer employment services and support to stop poverty from becoming long term.

Other resources such as veteran’s benefits or unemployment assistance may also be available to individuals unable to work due to disability denial. Veteran’s benefits are available to those who have served in the military or are the spouse or dependent of someone who served, oftentimes providing sources of income on a monthly basis. Unemployment insurance can be an option for those out of work due to a disability denial. The exact amount of income will depend on the laws specific to your state, with some offering more assistance than others.

Support from friends and family can also be a valuable resource for managing financial struggles when unable to work due to disability denial. Although asking for help can be difficult, connecting with wealthy loved ones willing to lend a helping hand can assist in reducing financial hardship during times of difficulty. Additionally, websites like Gofundme allow supporters or strangers alike to make donations and contribute money towards another’s costs of living in times of financial strain.

At the same time, it is important to approach potential resources such as these with caution. Before accepting assistance from public benefit programs it is wise to understand the restrictions and repayment requirements associated with those services. Asking family members for money usually comes with the implicit obligation of paying them back; therefore it’s important that repayment expectations are discussed ahead of time which could potentially eliminate hurt feelings or misunderstandings in the future.

Further, it is essential that managing finances during times of disability denial does not lead one into unmanageable debt or unpaid taxes which could lead to further difficulties down the road. Seeking counsel from certified accountants who understand one’s individual situation is often recommended when dealing with financial hardships.

Managing financial struggles when denied disability and unable to work can feel like an uphill battle; however, recognizing that there are resources available both personally and professionally can aid individuals in handling their current circumstance while planning for their future stability. By leveraging these resources in addition to seeking guidance from qualified accountants and other experts, individuals facing disability denial can start managing their finances effectively towards a goal of long-term stability. With this understanding it is now important to turn our attention towards understanding how best to deal with stress and depression during this difficult period — something we will discuss next.

Dealing with Stress and Depression

When a disability claim is denied, it can be an extremely stressful and disheartening situation for the individual. This stress may manifest itself in depression, decreased self-esteem and feelings of helplessness. It’s important to try to keep the bigger picture in mind; although it feels unfortunate and disempowering to have your disability claim denied, this does not reflect who you are as a person, or your value and worth.

In some cases, there may be a physical component to depression. Stressful situations like denied disability claims often cause individuals to experience increased cortisol levels in their bodies, which can lead to illnesses such as anxiety or depression (1). In addition, individuals may experience slow heart rate and fatigue due to stress (2). Additionally, the feeling that one has lost control of their life could contribute significantly to feelings of depression (3).

On the other hand, some mental health professionals believe that managing stress can play an important role in overcoming depression (4). Taking positive steps such as getting regular exercise, maintaining a healthy diet, meditating or connecting socially with others can help reduce feelings of hopelessness related to denied disability claims (5). Seeking out counseling services also may prove beneficial (6).

Overall, managing stress levels can make a huge difference in how an individual copes with the emotional toll of being denied disability claims. Identifying healthy methods of managing stress is crucial for those who struggle with depression.

At the same time, proactively finding social support is another key component for dealing with stress and depression associated with disability claims being denied. Next we will discuss other sources of support and legal rights that individuals should consider.

  • The Social Security Administration reported that in 2019, 65.4% of initial applications for SSI & SSDI disability benefits were denied.
  • In 2016, the Department of Health and Human Services estimated that 57 million, or 18.3 percent of the U.S. population, was living with a disability.
  • According to 2015 data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 37.2% of individuals with a disability participate in the labor force compared to 69% of individuals without a disability.

Other Sources of Support and Legal Rights

When faced with denied disability and being unable to work, it is important to know that there are other sources of support and legal rights available. Those who have been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can seek support through the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, a federal income supplement program funded by general taxes and designed to help those with limited income and resources who meet certain criteria. Additionally, the Ticket to Work Program assists those with disabilities to gain employment, which may help them qualify for SSDI in the future.

It is also vital for disabled individuals to be aware of their civil rights protections under the ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibit employers from discrimination based on physical or mental impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities. It is important to note that employers are also required to make reasonable accommodations for any applicant or employee with a disability under the ADA.

In addition, both state and local laws may offer additional protections for those who have been denied disability benefits. Therefore, those who have been denied disability should consult with a legal professional to discuss any options they might have in pursuing benefits through alternative avenues or to appeal the denial if necessary.

Finally, there are many online resources available that provide information and guidance on dealing with denied disability. These resources may be able to provide support and advice whether one decides to appeal their denied application or pursue an alternative route of assistance.

Regardless of the course taken after being denied disability, it is essential that individuals know their options as well as their rights in order to get the help they need and deserve. With this knowledge in hand, individuals can now proceed on their journey to find acceptance, security, and stability despite being unable to work.

Conclusion: In conclusion, it is important for individuals dealing with denied disability and being unable to work to understand their legal rights as well as all possible sources of support available so they can make an informed decision towards achieving financial security.


No matter what has caused the denial of your disability claim, the experience can be painful and discouraging. It is important to remember that you are not alone in this process and there are a number of options available. With a little bit of research and creativity, it is possible to figure out how to manage life without the income associated with a disability claim.

Some will want to appeal their denied claim to get the economic help they need while others may decide that the effort to do so is too much or not worth it. The cost versus benefit analysis has to be considered when deciding on an appeal; these cases can take considerable time and energy, so other solutions may be more helpful in the meanwhile.

In some cases, major career changes may provide an opportunity for higher wages, more job security and better health benefits. Pursuing education for career advancement can be beneficial for individual growth as well as helping them gain access to more desirable career opportunities. Additionally, applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) may offer financial assistance up to $783 a month if applicants meet certain income requirements.

Although filing your application can feel like a tedious and burdensome task, with the proper resources it is possible to make well-informed decisions about insurance claims, financial alternatives, and future career paths. Consulting with financial advisors or disability attorneys should help make sure you are taking appropriate steps in order to secure resources as quickly as possible so that you can thrive in an ever-changing economic landscape.

Answers to Common Questions with Explanations

Are there any resources available to help with a denied disability application?

Yes, there are resources available to help with a denied disability application. Depending on the type of application being pursued, local legal aid associations may provide free advice and representation. Many state agencies also offer options to appeal a denied disability claim. Additionally, the government’s Social Security Administration website offers an online guide to understanding disability appeals and helpful information on how to access free or low-cost legal services if needed. If finances are an issue, some states provide disability programs that cover the cost of legal representation. It is important to explore all available options for appealing a denied disability application in order to ensure that every opportunity is taken advantage of.

What are the most common reasons for a denied disability application?

The most common reasons for a denied disability application are:

1. Not having enough medical evidence to support your claim. To be approved for Social Security Disability, you need to have medical evidence that shows how your condition limits you. A disability examiner will review your medical records and determine if the condition is severe enough to render you disabled and unable to work.

2. Failure to meet the conditions of a Listing. The Social Security Administration has created a list of conditions that automatically qualify an individual for Social Security Disability benefits. If you don’t meet the criteria outlined in this list, your claim will be denied.

3. Work history not meeting the requirements. If you have recently worked and earned too much money or worked more hours than allowed while on disability, your application can get denied by the SSA.

4. Refusal to cooperate with the Social Security Administration officials or complete required paperwork or follow instructions given by the agency in order for your claim to be processed properly or timely. This could lead to delays or denial of your application.

5. Falsifying information on your application or failing to report important information such as earnings from outside employment or past ability to work tasks that now may appear impossible due to a new disability can lead to denial by the SSA.

What are the appeals process for getting a disability application approved after denial?

When a disability application is denied after submission, it is possible to appeal the decision. There are a few steps to apply for an appeal if you think that your initial application was wrongfully denied. The most important step is to file an “Appeal of Denial” form with the Social Security Administration (SSA). This should be done within 60 days of receiving the denial letter.

Once the Appeal of Denial form has been received by the SSA, they will then schedule a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ). During the hearing, you or your attorney can review evidence in support of your case and make an argument why you meet the disability requirements set by the SSA. You will want to bring any updated medical records or other pertinent information related to your case to present during this hearing.

The ALJ will review all documentation provided at the hearing before making a final decision on whether or not to approve the disability application. In some cases, ALJs may ask for additional medical information in order to make a well-informed decision. If approved, benefits will start from the date of the initial application.

In summary, after receiving a denied disability application, it is possible to appeal this decision through submitting an “Appeal of Denial” form and scheduling a hearing with an administrative law judge. During this hearing you must provide evidence that meets the set parameters of what constitutes as a qualifying disability according to the Social Security Administration. If approved, then benefits start retroactively from the date of first submitting the application

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