If You Receive A Notice From The SSA. . .By Kenton Koszdin on August 13, 2018 | In Social Security Claims Process
The Social Security Administration (SSA) sends notices to applicants and beneficiaries of disability benefits to inform them of the SSA’s decisions, as well as the rights and ensuing obligations of the notice’s recipient. Of probably the utmost significance, notices explain options and alternatives to claimants so they may plan their next course of action, i.e., the appeal of a negative or unfavorable decision. The SSA utilizes a “notice” to request information, documentation or medical records. Perhaps more importantly, the SSA uses a notice to inform a benefits’ claimant or recipient to contact the agency in person or by phone. Kenton Koszdin can answer any questions that a claimant has about nay typ[e of notice from the SSA.
It is crucial that disability applicants and beneficiaries carefully review and read every notice related to their claim for Social Security disability benefits that they receive from any government agency, state or federal. Claimants must make sure that they correctly comprehend the content of these notices. If they do not, they should consult with an experienced and knowledgeable disability attorney. Otherwise, some negative result may affect an already-approved or pending claim for benefits. The SSA sends a notice before any modification is made to eligibility for a benefits’ claim or the amount payable of an already-approved benefit.
A notice usually indicates the type of notice, such as Notice of Planned Action. Notices from the SSA include a heading that includes the agency name and the name of the Social Security program. It also contains a telephone number for the SSA and the address or the notice recipient’s local office. Most notices are available in Spanish and the remainder that are not typically include a cover letter in Spanish listing the SSA office where translation services are available.
A notice often addresses the benefit status or benefit amount of a benefits’ claim. The SSA sends a notice to report any activity in a case, including any future action to be taken by the SSA. It may also report a decision regarding eligibility for benefits and the underlying reason on which such decision was based. A notice should always provide the necessary SSA contact information.
Information related to any change in benefit status or payment amount and the starting date of the change will be contained in a notice. Information as to what action that may be taken by applicants in case they disagree with a decision are within the contents of any notice. Also, if any change occurs in a beneficiary’s living arrangement, income or resources that affects the amount of benefits, the SSA will send a notice of these changes.
Contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office if you do not understand a notice from the SSA or California’s Disability Determination Service Division (DDSD). It is especially helpful if you have the notice available when you contact us. We can explain the letter and any ensuing responsibilities that you may have as a result of the substance of the notice. The failure to read, understand or respond to a notice may cause the loss of benefits or other vital and important rights.
One of the best ways to improve your chances of avoiding benefit denial is to retain a qualified California Social Security disability attorney. An experienced Social Security disability attorney on your side ensures that you have the best chance of filing a successful disability application at the onset with no unnecessary delays. Contact the Kenton Koszdin Law Office today. We offer free office and in-home consultations at your complete convenience. Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. Se habla espańol!
Contact us today for your free consultation. Call 800-438-7734 or visit us online. Se habla espańol!