The filing of a claim for disability benefits, whether for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), triggers the onslaught of a stream of mail from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is a daunting experience for many applicants. Some of this correspondence simply confirms certain events like the receipt of medical records, some requires a claimant to submit a response, usually for the purpose of assisting the SSA in making its determination regarding a disability claim.
The most important thing to do after filing a claim for disability benefits is to never any ignore or disregard any correspondence received from the SSA. Don’t procrastinate reading this material by putting it in a stack of documents to be considered at a later date. For applicants serious about filing a valid claim for disability benefits, reading and understanding this stream of documentation must be prioritized. This is especially important when the letter mentions an outstanding requirement that has a deadline or time frame for a response (or an appeal). A competent disability attorney can help any applicant understand the meaning and significance of all correspondence that he or she receives from the SSA.
Usually (not always), a claimant’s attorney will also have received the letter. In this situation, the attorney representing a claimant will calendar any deadline and communicate with the client about his or her ability to timely satisfy the instant request. However, claimants should never assume that their attorney has received the same letter and should therefore take immediate steps to verify such receipt. CALL YOUR ATTORNEY ABOUT THE LETTER, ESPECIALLY IF IT IS A DENIAL. We give our clients ugly red envelopes to send up a copy of their SSA denial letters. We want to be sure we are on top of these matters.
Applicants for disability benefits need the assistance of an experienced disability attorney to help navigate the paper trail generated by the disability application process. Contact the Sullivan Law Office to get the help you need in the Louisville metro area. Call 888-587-0228 or visit us online.