Navigating SSDI Appeals for Terminal Illness Denials in Washington

If you’ve been denied the SSDI benefits you need, enlisting the guidance of a trusted and caring Washington SSDI attorney can help you navigate the SSDI appeals process to obtain your desired outcome.

Receiving the news that you have a terminal illness can be overwhelming and devastating. It’s completely natural to experience a range of emotions upon receiving your diagnosis, from confusion and denial to despair and fear. In the midst of this life-changing news, the last thing you want is to receive a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) informing you that they have denied your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Before you give up and assume that this decision is final, it’s essential to recognize that you have the right to appeal the SSA’s decision. In fact, the SSA often denies SSI and SSDI applications at first and then approves them on appeal. If the SSA has denied your SSDI benefits under their Terminal Illness Program (TERI), reach out to a dedicated and caring Washington SSD appeals attorney who can assess the details of your case and guide you through every step of the SSDI appeals process, answering every question that arises along the way.

SSDI Coverage For Terminal Illnesses

The SSA receives a high volume of SSDI claims, which often leads to a significant backlog of processing and notification times. However, the SSA recognizes that some applicants facing terminal illnesses need decisions quickly, as time is running out. There are several illnesses and conditions that the SSA considers to be terminal in nature, therefore prompting the SSA to process on an expedited timeline. For example, if you or your loved one has been diagnosed with stage IV cancer that has metastasized, cancer of the liver or pancreas, chronic heart failure requiring the use of oxygen, or another life-threatening condition, your SSDI application may be expedited to either get you the coverage you need or issue a denial (that you then have the right to appeal). Although you are not required to work with a Washington SSDI attorney when completing and filing your application, doing so can maximize your chances of obtaining a favorable decision.

Navigating the SSDI Appeals Process in Washington

Many people are understandably upset when they receive a notice from the SSA that informs them that their application has been denied. However, a denial is not final, nor does it mean that you have no choice but to accept this decision. Instead, you and your attorney can prepare a strategy to move forward with the Social Security Disability denial appeal process. For example, your attorney can help you provide more supporting documentation from your doctors and medical providers to strengthen your request for timely coverage. Or, your attorney may suggest that you request an on-the-record (OTR) review to allow an Administrative judge to render a decision based on the written record (thereby minimizing the need for a hearing). If the Judge rules in your favor, you and your attorney can present this decision to the SSA so they can expedite their decision regarding your appeal.

Supporting You At Every Turn

The dedicated legal team at Schott Law believes in supporting the clients we serve at every opportunity. We understand how overwhelmed you and your family are in the face of a terminal diagnosis, and we remain committed to representing your best interests and advocating passionately on your behalf. Whether you have just received an SSDI denial that you wish to appeal or you are filling out the initial application and hoping to maximize your chances of success, working with a caring and knowledgeable Washington SSDI appeals attorney can give you the reassurance and confidence you deserve.

If you are struggling with an SSDI denial for the benefits you need, reach out to the dedicated and empathetic legal team at Schott Law to discuss your options. Call our Spokane office today at (509) 328-5789 to learn more about how we can help you navigate the SSDI appeals process with greater certainty and confidence.