You Can Appeal Denied Social Security Disability Claims
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications are often denied initially; this does not mean you should stop trying to get benefits. Many people receive benefits when they go through the appeals process with the help of a lawyer.
The experienced SSDI attorneys at Ayers, Whitlow & Dressler are prepared to help you appeal a denied claim. Robert Whitlow has been assisting clients with SSDI applications and appeals for over 30 years. He and our legal team have the knowledge and experience you need to get benefits and ensure you meet the deadlines. We understand what type of information needs to be submitted at each stage of the appeals process. Please speak with us to learn more.
Working With An Attorney Early In The Process Is Important
The first step in the appeals process is called reconsideration, and it has a 60-day deadline to apply. We recommend working with a lawyer so we can review your application and determine whether any medical information is missing. This is often the reason why initial claims are denied.
We know how to gather the information the Social Security Administration (SSA) needs to review. If you are missing crucial medical reports, diagnoses or other information, we will help you get it from your doctor.
The next step in the process is a hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ). You have 60 days to apply for this hearing if your claim is denied in the reconsideration stage. It is critical to have an attorney represent you at the hearing so he or she can present the medical evidence of your disability to the ALJ. You can rely on our experience with these hearings.
People who are denied benefits at the hearing may request a review by the Appeals Council. The council may grant or deny the request. Filing a lawsuit in federal district court would be the next step if you are denied by the council. We can talk more with you about this stage of the process, if necessary.