February 15, 2011

Social Security Disability Benefits and Completing the Disability Report Appeal

Many forms need to be completed when appealing a denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claim. Indianapolis disability lawyer Scott D. Lewis advises his clients to be as detailed as possible when completing these forms. One of these forms is referred to as the “Disability Report Appeal”.

The Disability Report Appeal (also know as form SSA 3441-BK) is filed in combination with forms needed to file a “Request for Reconsideration”, “Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge”, and “Request for Reconsideration Disability Cessation.”  It is important that Indiana Social Security disability appeals claimants file the correct forms to ensure there are no unnecessary delays in processing the needed paperwork.

The Disability Report Appeal has various sections concerning:

    • Information on the disabled person; (This includes basic contact information.)
    • Information about the claimant’s disabling condition, illness, or injury;
    • Medical record information;
    • Medications the claimant may be taking;
    • Medical tests that have been performed;
    • Job/work information;
    • Information regarding training and education;
    • Support services you may have received; and
    • A final section where the claimant can put information you do not believe was addressed in other sections of the report.

Indianapolis Social Security attorney Scott Lewis receives many calls from his clients asking how they should fill this lengthy form out.  Mr. Lewis believes it is important to be as detailed as possible, but also stay focused on the question being asked.  The section(s) involving the Indiana disability claimant’s medical treatment can be very important when completing the form. It may be beneficial to take your time keeping in mind there are time constraints when filing a “Request for Reconsideration” or a “Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge”.

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