There are several reasons applicants could get their claim denied when applying for South Dakota social security benefits. It is important to know that you are not alone and that the SSA often denies about half or more of the applicants received within a calendar year. You should not worry if it is your first time applying and you receive a denial because you do have steps you can work through. For example, it will be worth your time to see about filing for an appeal.
Note: Keep in mind that appeals for social security claims are time-sensitive. The faster you act after your denial, the better your chances of getting approval after your appeal is complete.
Why the Denial for Benefits?
You need to read through the decision that the SSA sent to you to have a better understanding of why the denial came through. After you understand the reason, you can then gather all of the documentation you need to try and correct the error. Should you have received a denial for South Dakota social security, it could have been for one of the following reasons:
- You make more than a certain dollar amount each month. When applicants make too much money, they get denied social security disability right away.
- The disability you have will not last for at least 12 months.
- You failed to comply with all of the requests of the SSA to receive medical records or information.
- The SSA is unable to locate you.
- You did not follow the treatment your doctor prescribed. There are a few approved exceptions, including:
- You are not able to pay for your treatment.
- It goes against religious beliefs.
- The doctor prescribes care that has not been effective.
- You have an underlying mental condition that keeps you from following along with the treatment prescribed.
Know When and Where to Appeal
When you get denied social security benefits in South Dakota, you will need to file your appeal within 60 days of the date on the initial denial decision. Waiting longer than 60 days means you will need to start over and reapply again. Since you could get another denial with an all-new claim, this becomes a tremendous waste of time. Always start immediately.
To appeal, the preferred method is using the internet appeals process that the SSA has on their website. There will be two parts, including filling out the appeal request and then filling out the appeal disability report.
You also have the option of appealing to the denial in writing, which will include several necessary forms depending on your situation – SSA-561-U2 Request for Reconsideration, SSA-3441-BK Disability Report, Appeal, or the SSA-789-U4 Request for Reconsideration, Disability Cessation.
Do you still have questions about getting approved for South Dakota social security, what do to if you are denied, or the appeals process? We are here to help at National Disability Benefits. We invite you to sign up for your free disability evaluation to gain more insight into this process and how to get the approval you deserve.