How does filing an appeal impact my benefit payments?

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2024 | Appeals

Filing an appeal could be an appropriate option in specific scenarios. If you received a denial for your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claim, taking this route can help you raise the issue with the agency, allowing it to reconsider the decision. It can also be a viable option when already receiving benefit payments, but you disagree with the most recent Social Security Administration (SSA) determinations.

When the SSA issues changes with your benefits, you may feel the decision is unfair or fails to reflect your current condition. An appeal could be helpful in these instances because this process can help you present additional facts to overturn any determinations so you can receive the payments you deserve. But even if you file it appropriately, it can have an impact on your ongoing benefits, such as:

  • Medical review determination — If the decision happened because of medical developments, filing an appeal would not affect your payments while the SSA is finalizing its response.
  • Nonmedical determination — You could file an appeal within 60 days of receiving the SSA’s notice. While processing it, you will continue receiving your benefit payments. Although if the SSA’s final decision is unfavorable, you may have to repay the amount you became ineligible to receive.

Additionally, other forms of assistance could end if you no longer qualify for them, which can vary depending on your circumstances.

Knowing what to do when filing an appeal

Whether appealing a denied claim or decision, you may find it challenging to navigate the situation, especially if you have no idea what to do. When faced with these issues, consider seeking legal guidance before initiating the appeals process. Experienced insight can help you know the next steps and the requirements for the appeal. It might not guarantee a favorable outcome, but it can prepare you for any concerns that may arise.