Receiving a notice of denial from Social Security can be devastating to applicants; however, there is hope. You can submit an appeal and request a reconsideration of the denial decision.
While the appeal may seem overwhelming, our law firm offers legal guidance throughout the process. A Social Security Disability appeals lawyer from our team will help you access the information you need to make informed decisions about your case.
You will benefit from our full legal support but remain in control of your future. Call us today for a free consultation.
Understanding the Social Security Disability System
If you are disabled and unable to work, you may be eligible for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA), an independent government agency.
Furthermore, there are two distinct disability programs overseen by SSA, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). While they are both disability programs, they have different eligibility requirements, funding sources, and benefit amounts.
SSI is a means-tested program that provides financial assistance to people with limited income and resources who are disabled, blind, or over 65. To be eligible for SSI, the applicant must have a qualifying disability or be over 65 and meet certain financial qualifications.
SSDI is an insurance program that provides monthly benefits to individuals who have worked and paid Social Security taxes but cannot do their job because of a disabling condition. To be eligible, the applicant must have earned sufficient work credits and meet the SSA’s definition of disability.
Common Reasons Why the SSA Would Deny a Claim
When you apply for disability benefits with the SSA, you receive a notice regarding the application’s status. If your disability claim has been denied, the notice will explain the decision and the next steps you can take to appeal the denial.
The SSA may deny a disability claim for various reasons, such as:
- Inconsistencies in the applicant’s statements or work history
- The applicant does not meet the SSA’s definition of disability
- Failure to follow prescribed medical treatment
- The medical evidence may not support the severity of the impairment
- Failure to provide sufficient documentation for the medical condition
Receiving a denial letter can be a frustrating experience as you are likely left with more questions than answers. However, our legal team can help uncover the reason behind the denial, and together we can chart a strategic plan to appeal.
Navigating the Social Security Disability Appeal Process
Fighting for the disability benefits you are entitled to can become daunting. It may be helpful to work with an experienced attorney who can guide you through the process and present the strongest case possible.
Keep detailed records of all medical treatment and documentation related to your disability, as this information will be critical in supporting your claim. While the appeals process can be difficult and lengthy, it allows individuals to fight for the benefits they need and deserve.
If you do not agree with the denial, you have the right to appeal the decision within 60 days after you receive a notice. We can help you fight for the benefits you’re entitled to receive. Our Social Security Disability lawyers can help you prepare and file the necessary paperwork within the deadline.
The Levels of the Appeal Process
A notice of denial is not necessarily the end of the road; you can move on to a new stage in the process and continue fighting for Social Security Disability benefits. You have four opportunities to request a change of the decision.
The process starts at the administrative level and continues to the federal court system. You can move to the next stage if your appeal is denied at the previous level.
The four levels of appeal are:
- Reconsideration stage: You can request the SSA to reconsider their initial decision. Once you fill out the request form, you can send it through mail or fax or search for the nearest Social Security office.
- Hearing by an administrative law judge: If you do not agree with the response to your request for reconsideration, you can move on to the next level and ask for a hearing with an administrative law judge.
- Review by the Appeals Council: The next stage would be to request a review with the Appeals Council to analyze the judge’s decision.
- Federal Court Review: If the decision is still not in your favor, you can submit a federal court action with the U.S. District Court. This stage is beyond administrative review, as you would file suit against the SSA in federal court.
You should be aware that a strict time limit applies throughout the appeal process. For example, if your request was denied at a certain level, you must submit your case at the next level within 60 days of receiving a decision.
The appeals process can be complex, and it is important to understand each stage to ensure that everything is properly completed. Our legal team will review your case, explain your options, and help you craft a compelling argument for why you should receive benefits.
Why Work With Our Social Security and Disability Appeals Attorneys
While hiring a lawyer for an appeal is not mandatory, having legal representation can maximize your chances of a successful outcome. Our experienced Social Security Disability lawyers deeply understand the process and can guide you through each stage.
Unlike other law firms, we do not pass your case to non-attorney representatives; our lawyers speak with each client personally. We also like to meet you well before the hearing so we have ample time to prepare.
Other benefits of working with our legal team include the following:
- We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don’t have to pay us unless we win your case.
- We collect all medical records and evidence on your behalf and do so budget-consciously.
- We can strengthen your case with medical opinion evidence.
- We may collaborate with vocational experts for further evidence about how your disabling condition impacts your ability to work.
- When appropriate, we ask for a consultative evaluation from the SSA.
Receiving a denial notice may feel like all hope is lost, but there are still options to pursue. We can help you explore available alternatives and chart a course to secure disability benefits.
At our law firm, we have helped thousands of clients win approvals. Given our vast experience in this field, we understand how the system works. We will use our knowledge to strengthen your case and help you reclaim your life.
Contact Pilzer Klein Today for Further Legal Assistance
Whether you need guidance with the initial application or want to appeal a denial, we can help. Pilzer Klein is a trusted name in the legal industry with years of experience and a commitment to providing personalized solutions for clients.
Our lawyers can help you navigate the complex process of appealing a decision of denial and potentially receiving benefits. We provide the support you need to achieve a positive outcome for your case. Don’t hesitate to reach out to them today for help.
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