Your Right to Appeal a Denied Long-Term Disability Benefit Claim

The continuous increase in the number of work-related injuries or death during the turn of the twentieth century left many workers struggling financially as their injuries rendered them temporarily disabled, causing loss of earning capability while needing to shoulder medication and medical treatment costs.

Two Acts, which ensured that workers, who developed an occupational disease, were injured, disabled or, worse, killed, during the performance of their job, whether inside or outside company premises, were given financial assistance or were compensated, were passed into law during the twentieth century. The first of these laws was the Workers’ Compensation Benefit, which became a law in 1908 and which was specifically designed to cover medical expenses, wage replacement, disability, rehabilitation or healing period, or death); the second was the Social Security Act of 1935, which was designed to provide financial benefits to employees who may be suffering from a long term or permanent disability or medical condition that usually lasts for about a year or more.

Filing a long-term disability claim under the workers’ compensation benefit can lead to much disappointment, though, according to an article found in the website of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, as people assigned to evaluate claim applications are more aggressive in finding faults to have these applications denied.

It’s almost always the same when filing a Social Security Disability Insurance claim, as stated in a webpage owned by Hankey Law Office, P.C.; not only will it take months to have your application evaluated, but there is no certainty that your application will get approved despite the wait for such length of time and compliance with all the requirements, which includes having a disability that meets medical criteria, having worked long enough and has paid enough Social Security taxes.

In the event of a denial to your application, you have the right to make an appeal, that is, to have your application re-assessed; while to have greater chances of winning the appeal, it is important that you be represented by a lawyer who is very well versed in laws on compensation benefits.

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