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By Carey Thompson
Founding Attorney

Mental health disability claims often face denials, leaving many individuals uncertain about their next steps. These rejections typically stem from the unique challenges of demonstrating the extent and impact of mental health issues. Contesting a denial effectively requires knowledge of the appeals process and the ability to present a compelling case for the needed benefits. 

Why Mental Health Disability Claims Get Denied

Mental health disability claims are denied for various reasons. A common cause is insufficient evidence; the invisible nature of mental health issues can make it challenging to provide concrete proof of disability. Claims often lack detailed medical records or a clear demonstration of how the condition affects daily functioning. Misunderstandings about mental health can also lead to underestimating its impact on an individual’s life. Additionally, incomplete or incorrectly filled-out claim forms contribute to rejections. These factors combine to create hurdles in the approval process and highlight the need for thorough preparation and a comprehensive understanding of what is required to establish a valid mental health disability claim.

Your Legal Rights in the Appeal Process

When appealing a mental health disability claim, you have specific legal rights designed to ensure a fair process. First, you’re entitled to a full explanation of the denial reasons. You also have the right to access all your medical records used in the decision-making process. Importantly, the law allows you to submit additional evidence and written arguments supporting your claim during the appeal. You can request a hearing, often conducted via teleconference, where you can present your case and answer questions. These rights aim to provide you with a fair opportunity to demonstrate your eligibility for disability benefits.

Preparing for Your Appeal: Key Steps

  • Review the Denial Letter Carefully: Understand the specific reasons for your claim’s denial.
  • Gather Additional Evidence: Collect more medical records, doctor’s statements, and any other relevant information that supports your claim.
  • Obtain Expert Opinions: Seek statements from mental health professionals detailing the severity and impact of your condition.
  • Prepare a Detailed Personal Statement: Write about how your mental health disability affects your daily life and ability to work.
  • Organize Your Documentation: Ensure all your evidence and paperwork are in order, making it easy for reviewers to understand your case.
  • Familiarize Yourself with Appeal Procedures: Understand the deadlines and processes for filing an appeal in Texas.
  • Seek Legal Counsel: Consider consulting with an attorney who can provide guidance and represent your interests during the appeal.
  • Submit Your Appeal Before the Deadline: Ensure that all your documents and evidence are submitted on time.
  • Follow Up Regularly: Keep track of your appeal’s status and maintain communication with the relevant agencies.

Working with a Texas Attorney: How We Can Help

At the Law Office of Carey Thompson, we offer support for individuals appealing mental health disability claims. Our experienced attorneys provide personalized guidance, helping you understand the complexities of the appeal process. We assist in gathering and organizing evidence and ensure that your case is presented effectively. Our team can represent you in hearings, advocating on your behalf with a thorough understanding of disability law. By partnering with us, you gain an ally committed to securing the best possible outcome, enhancing your chances of a successful appeal, and obtaining the benefits you need for your mental health care. Contact us today.

About the Author
Carey Thompson has been practicing Social Security Disability Law Since 2008 after he graduated from Texas Wesleyan School of Law, now known as Texas A&M school of Law in Fort Worth, TX.  While at Texas Wesleyan he served on Law Review.  Prior to going to Law School, Mr. Thompson was a High School Band Director for four years using his degree in Music Education from Michigan State University.  Prior to Attending Michigan State, he attended Aledo Schools from Kindergarten to graduate.  Mr.Thompson feels strongly about serving the people of Tarrant County.