It seems only too frequent that we hear the sad tale of someone who did not file an appeal for his or her Social Security disability benefits and is now facing a longer, more arduous journey towards benefits. We hear many reasons for not appealing. “If they weren’t going to approve my application, why bother appealing â they will just deny it again.” “There was so much going on in my life, and I just didn’t have time.” “It was overwhelming, so I just didn’t do it.” Sadly, appealing a denial is crucial and all too frequently overlooked. Why? First, filing an appeal protects your potential benefits. Keeping a claim going means you maintain eligibility for benefits according to your filing date. Letting an appeal lapse means having to start a new claim, and you very well may lose months of past-due benefits. Also, once the appeal deadline has passed, the denial becomes ‘final and binding.’ If you have been out of work for several years, this may be difficult if not impossible to reverse and future applications may be rejected without Social Security even developing a claim. Second, filing an appeal is not nearly as overwhelming as it may look. The most important thing is to let Social Security know, in writing, that you intend to appeal the decision. This must be done within 60 days of your denial. Even if you call Social Security and tell them you want to appeal, it does not count until it is submitted in writing. The most certain ways to file an appeal are online and in person. When our clients come to us after a denial, we promptly file an appeal online, which then provides us a hard copy receipt within minutes. If you are filing your own appeal, we recommend either appealing online or appealing in-person at your local Social Security office. If you do appeal in-person, make sure you leave with a copy of the appeal that has been stamped or signed by a Social Security employee, showing it was indeed received. After you file the actual appeal, you will be asked to complete a “Disability Report â Appeal.” Many people get frustrated at this step because they have already completed one if not two disability reports up to this point. The key is this: The Disability Report â Appeal is just an update; you do not need to re-write all of your doctors and re-tell about everything that is wrong. All you need to do is give Social Security an update since you last completed a disability report. If things haven’t changed, just write, “No change.”And of course, the easiest way to file any appeal for Social Security disability benefits is to call Craig Swapp & Associates. We will make sure that not only is your appeal filed timely, but that everything is in order to give you the best chance possible of finally being awarded the benefits you deserve.