If you have filed a claim for Social Security Disability and it has been denied, the most important step you can take is to consult with an attorney. You will want to protect your rights and find out all you can do to have any appeal you file be approved. If you didn’t consult with an attorney before you filed the initial claim, now is the time to do so.

Claims that have been denied for non-medical or medical reasons can be appealed using the Social Security Administration’s website. Requesting the appeal online also includes filing all documents you have for evidence digitally. Even if you live outside of the country, your appeal can still be filed using the agency’s website.

One of the biggest benefits of working with an attorney on your appeal is that he or she will help gather all of your medical documents and then assess them. The attorney will be able to acquire your records quicker than you and determine if they need to be updated in order to support your appeal.

The attorney can also help by speaking with your doctor(s) about your condition. He or she can acquire the opinions of the doctor in written form in order to submit them to the agency for the appeal.

Last but not least, an attorney will be able to help you prepare for questioning. Once your appeal hearing is scheduled, you will need to prepare for facing the investigator. Your attorney should be experienced in the process and able to tell you questions that the judge will likely ask.

Has your Social Security Disability claim been denied? If so, you need to take steps now to improve your chances of a successful appeal.