As someone who is dealing with a disability that may not last forever, you are in a frustrating position. You want to do what you can to get through this, and you don’t want to take advantage of anyone. You only want the benefits that should be available to you.

You have done your best and even thought about returning to work despite your disability. Unfortunately, there is just no way that you can do your job, and your employer has no other position that would suit you. You’re in pain, frustrated and tired of the financial battle this causes. You need to support yourself and having no ability to work doesn’t help. You filed for short-term disability through your employer, and you were shocked when your claim was denied. What should you do?

Let your attorney know about the denial to start working on a solution

To begin with, you need to talk to your attorney about the denial, so you can begin working on a solution. Let your attorney know immediately if your claim was denied or if your benefits have been ended even though you’re still living with a disability. Your attorney will be able to look at your claim and tell you if there needs to be additional documentation to get your claim approved. If a denial, you may be able to appeal, but again, you’ll want to work with your attorney to make sure you have all the documentation that you need to have the best chance of success.

Oftentimes, when people think of disabilities, they think of long-term benefits, but short-term benefits can and should be awarded when a claim meets the requirements. Our website has more on the importance of short-term benefits and what your options are if you’ve sought them out but received a denial letter.