Sam was alarmed. He filed his Social Security Disability Insurance application, then started receiving notices from the Social Security Administration. He wasn’t sure what to do with them. Emily faced the same problem, but she had been on disability for several years. It’s important to know what to do when you receive notices about disability benefits. We’ll look at several of the notices you can expect to receive as an SSDI applicant or recipient.
Protective Filing Date Closeout Notice
This notice may be sent after you let the SSA know you may be filing a claim and before you actually file the claim. There’s no need for alarm, though. This letter is just letting you know that you need to file an SSI application. If you have not filed an application, this may the time to do so.
Notice of Award
You may receive a notice of award if any of the following occur:
- Your initial claim is approved,
- You receive an amended or supplemental award,
- Your benefits are converting from disability to retirement, and
- You received a favorable decision after a reconsideration or appeal.
There are other occasions when you or a dependent might receive a notice of award. As with all notices, read it carefully and consult with your attorney.
Notice of Decision
If you receive a denial notice, which is very common by the way, you can appeal. Your claim would then be heard by an Administrative Law Judge, who would then hand down a decision. A Notice of Decision may be fully favorable or partially favorable. .
SSDI Denial Notice
Now, this notice is upsetting. However, your claim does not have to end here. You can request a reconsideration of your claim. If your claim is denied again, you may be able to appeal the decision.
So, What Should You Do When You Receive an SSDI Notice?
Try not to get upset. Sometimes you need to act quickly, while some notices are just informational. Talk to your attorney and find out what the notice means.
The attorneys at The Law Offices of Martin Taller have more than 50 years’ legal experience, much of it involving Social Security Disability Insurance claims. They can help you with your application and any appeals that might be needed.
Call us at 714-385-8100 for a free consultation. Though our office is located in Anaheim, we assist clients throughout Southern California.