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Managing the stress of appealing an SSD or SSI case

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2023 | appeals for ssd and ssi cases

Appealing a Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) case can be a stressful and overwhelming process. It’s not just the complexity of the legal situation that can cause practical stress, but also the emotional and financial pressures that come along with waiting and wondering if an appeal will be successful can be truly stressful as well. 

If you are currently appealing a Social Security claim, know that managing this stress is crucial for both your well-being and that it may even be integral to the success of your appeal. 

What can you do?

The appeal process can be lengthy, so it’s important to stay patient. Try to maintain a positive outlook. Celebrate small victories, like successfully submitting a piece of evidence or getting through a stage of the process.

In addition to practicing patience, keep in mind that knowledge is power. Understanding the SSD or SSI appeal process can significantly reduce anxiety. Familiarize yourself with the different stages of the appeal, from the initial reconsideration to the hearing before an administrative law judge. Knowing what to expect at each step can make the process seem less daunting.

You’ll also want to keep all your documents, medical records and correspondence well-organized. Create a file or use a binder to store everything related to your case. This not only helps you stay prepared but also can give you a sense of control over the process and eliminate additional anxiety triggers if you’re asked for certain documents and you can’t find them. 

Finally, remember that you don’t have to navigate the complexities of SSD or SSI appeals alone. Experienced legal guidance can help you through the process. Given the rate of SSD and SSI appeals that are rejected, seeking legal guidance proactively can also help to ensure that you’re in the strongest possible position to receive a favorable outcome for your claim.