Social Security Disability benefits are available to individuals who find themselves disabled and unable to continue to be gainfully employed. This does not have to be a permanent injury—you can have an injury that leaves you disabled for a year or two, but if you are able to overcome the injury or illness and be well enough to return to work, the SSA will release you from these benefits.
However, qualifying for benefits is another story. Many applicants find themselves denied their first time around. And not necessarily because they don't have an injury that prohibits them from working, but because they fail to provide evidence that supports the legal definition of disability as outlined by the SSA.
If the SSA denies your claim, you will receive a notice of denial in the mail. This will explain either the medical or non-medical reasons the SSA denied your claim. If you find yourself with a notice of denial in your hands, do not give up. You have the right to appeal your claim and here are a few reasons why you should seek an appeal:

You're Truly Disabled

If you have a true disability that qualifies under the rules of the Social Security Administration, then you absolutely must appeal. There could be a number of reasons why the SSA first denied your application, and generally, it's because you did not provide enough documentation to prove your illness. Hiring an experienced attorney who works with SSA claim denials like Horn & Kelley, PC Attorneys at Law will be helpful in your quest.

You Need Benefits to Live

There's a reason you applied for disability benefits to begin with: your medical condition is making it impossible for you to sustain a living. If you earn less than $1,070 per month, you qualify for benefits. Do not give up and bring this matter through the appeals process.

Presenting Additional Information

In your appeals request, you can present additional information that supports your application for disability. For example, you can present additional medical documentation that gives more detail in regards to your illness or injury. These records, however, must show that your condition does, in fact, coincide with the definition of disability as outlined by the SSA. You can also show work records that show you're no longer able to do the work you once did because of your illness or injury.

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