So, you received a denial of your disability application in the mail. Now what do you do? The first thing to realize is that you should not give up. The majority of people who apply for disability benefits are denied multiple times, but in order to keep your chances of obtaining disability benefits alive, you will need to appeal the denial. The first thing you need to do is read the denial letter. It will tell you that you have 60 days in which to appeal the denial. That is a serious deadline. It shouldn't be hard to appeal the denial within a 60 day time frame, especially now that you can appeal online at ssa.gov. If you don't have access to the internet, you could go to your local library and go to SSA's website and appeal there. If you don't have access to the internet at all, you can still appeal by going into the local SSA office and completing the forms by hand. If you cannot physically go to the local SSA office, you can call Social Security's 1-800 number, which is 1-800-772-1213, and they will send you the paperwork that you need to appeal. The reason you want to appeal is that eventually, you will be able to have a hearing in front of a judge and you will be able to explain your disabling impairments to that judge. But that will never happen unless you appeal.
DIANNA CANNON, J.D.