Q I’m worried! About six months ago I found out that my nerve damage caused by Bell’s Palsy is permanent. I applied for SSDI in Boston for Bell’s Palsy, but was denied. What can I do?
We’re sorry to hear that Bell’s Palsy left you with permanent damage. Although rare, this condition can have serious consequences if the treatment does not work. Many times, the permanent nerve damage caused by this condition is enough to impair your ability to work in the job you once used to.
Although a denial can feel hopeless, it is important to remember that the majority of people get denied when they first submit their application. Here are a few things you can do to help put together an appeal so that you can receive the benefits you deserve:
- Obtain medical evidence. The first thing you’ll need to do is gather all of your medical evidence that shows the extent of your disability. This includes doctor statements, test results, treatments you tried, daily symptoms, and more.
- Fill out a residual functional capacity assessment. Because Bell’s Palsy is not listed as an impairment, it is important that you show how the permanent damage has left you disabled. Filling out a residual functional capacity assessment shows the Social Security administrator reviewing your appeal exactly how limited you are in your job performance.
- Work with a Boston SSDI attorney. Filing an appeal is a complex process. With help from an attorney skilled at helping people fight back against Social Security denials, you can dramatically increase your chances at approval.
At Keefe Disability Law, we understand how frustrating it is to receive a denial letter in the mail. With our help, you can put together an appeal that will maximize your chances at being approved. Contact a Massachusetts Social Security disability lawyer to learn more about how we can help with your specific case.