Legal Representation During The SSD Appeals Process
Most initial claims for Social Security Disability benefits are denied. This can be disheartening for someone who has just received a letter of benefit denial. However, it is important to understand that denying most SSD claims is part of the bureaucracies of the Social Security system. Most claimants will need to proceed through the Social Security Disability appeals process before benefits will be approved.
However, the success of your SSD appeal is often dependent on having an experienced and competent lawyer on your side throughout the SSD appeals process.
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Bremen Social Security Disability appeals attorney Stephen E. Garner is a knowledgeable lawyer who is familiar with the Social Security Administration’s stringent rules and procedures. He can guide you through the complex process with ease. Relying on a law firm that is trusted for its values and integrity can give you peace of mind knowing that your case will be handled efficiently and professionally. Contact our law firm today for a free consultation with a Social Security Disability lawyer.
Understanding The SSD Appeals Process
Once your initial application for disability benefits is denied, it is necessary to proceed with a number of important steps to get your claim approved.
- Request for Reconsideration: This is the first phase of your appeal and is typically unsuccessful. The Request for Reconsideration is essentially asking the Social Security Administration to re-examine your disability application.
- Administrative Law Judge hearing (ALJ hearing): If your application is denied following your request for reconsideration, the next phase is to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. This is your first opportunity to present your case before a judge. Thorough preparation and representation by an experienced SSD appeals attorney can go a long way in succeeding to get your benefits approved at this phase of the appeals process.
- Appeals Council: If your disability claim is denied at the ALJ hearing, the next option is to file an appeal with the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council.
If all other avenues of appeals are exhausted, it is possible to file a federal appeal.
Don’t Delay To Appeal Denied Benefits — There are strict deadlines throughout the Social Security Disability appeals process (usually 60 days from the decision). If a deadline is missed, you may lose your chance to appeal your benefit denial. It is important to consult with an experienced lawyer right away to ensure these deadlines are complied with.