If you have a condition keeping you from returning to work, allow our legal office to help you get compensation. When you cannot work due to a disability, Social Security benefits are one option to retain financial security; however, applying for this type of benefit can be difficult.
Our Social Security disability attorneys in Greenville, SC, are well-versed in the application process and can guide you through all of your options. We have over 30 years of experience with cases similar to yours and offer a free initial consultation to examine your case.
If your injuries or limitations prevent you from coming into our office, we can discuss your case over the phone or make arrangements.
Denied Disability Benefits? Here’s What You Should Do Next
Most importantly, don’t give up. You can still appeal and win your case.
It’s frustrating, irritating and crushing when the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your Social Security Disability claim. And while the appeals process can be a complicated process, success is still possible.
The majority of those who apply for disability benefits are turned down. But Greenville Social Security Disability attorneys Don Pilzer and Kevin Klein want to help you turn your denial into an approval.
There are four levels of appeals:
1Reconsideration: This is a review of your claim by someone who was not involved in the initial decision. Your original evidence is reviewed along with any new evidence you provide.
2Hearing by an Administration Law Judge (ALJ): These hearings take place in the Social Security Administration’s offices. At this appeals stage, you get to present your evidence before a judge who will issue a ruling. Most cases are won at this level.
3Review by Appeals Council: If the ALJ denies your case, you may ask the Appeals Council for a review. At this stage, the Appeals Council may return your case to the ALJ for a new hearing.
4Federal Court Review: If you disagree with the Appeals Council decision, you can file a lawsuit in Federal District Court. You must have an attorney admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in your state of residence to represent you at this level.
No matter where you are in the appeals process, we strongly encourage you to get legal help at this point in the process. Let Pilzer Klein fight the government for you. If you were turned down, it’s not the end for your claim; contact us for a free evaluation.
Important – If you received a denial letter, don’t wait to file an appeal. You have only 60 days to file your appeal. Don’t miss this important deadline!
If you have a hearing scheduled, this is often the most critical stage in your case. This hearing before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is the best chance to present your medical and work evidence. It’s very important that you and your evidence are prepared to go before the judge. If you’ve received a denial letter, we strongly recommend you call our offices for help.
Greenville Social Security Disability lawyers Pilzer Klein will:
- Prepare your case and set your case strategy
- Analyze your Social Security file
- Prepare you to testify
- Collect all your evidence from your doctors and other medical providers
- Question witnesses
- Cross-examine any medical and vocational experts at your hearing
The Social Security Administration can bring in expert witnesses to provide testimony during your hearing. Attorneys Don Pilzer and Kevin Klein know how to present evidence to help your chances and to cross-examine these experts, if necessary.