Appealing Your Social Security Disability Denial
If you have been unable to work for a year or longer – or have been diagnosed with a disability that will keep you out of the workforce for at least a year, Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) may be on your mind. You may have submitted an application but were denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits. Or, you may be about to apply and wonder what to do if your claim is denied.
First, do not feel discouraged after an initial denial. Most SSD applications are not approved on the first try. Many people must appeal once, twice or three times before having their application approved. If your claim has merit and you have been denied, Carey & Stewart in Weirton may provide the guidance that you need to make a successful appeal. We work with clients throughout West Virginia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.
How To Appeal Your Denied SSDI Claim
Trying again after Social Security denied your initial application may mean one or more of the following types of appeals:
- Requesting reconsideration of your initial application and perhaps supplying additional evidence to bolster your claim
- Requesting a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ) at Social Security (SS)
- Petitioning for a review by the Appeals Council at SS
- Taking your case to court for a review at the federal level
You should have received a letter of denial from SS that indicated which channel you should pursue to make an appeal. If you suspect that you need legal representation, you are probably right.
Our SSD attorneys at Carey & Stewart are ready to answer your questions and help you strengthen your supporting evidence. We may connect you with medical and vocational experts whose testimony can be what you need for an approval. With more than 100 combined years of experience, our lawyers are ready to walk you through an online request for reconsideration. They can represent you in person at a hearing, an Appeals Council review or a federal court appearance.
Our Goal Is To See You Receive Your Rightful Benefits
We have seen many meritorious claims denied. Our attorneys have been able to turn many such cases around in our clients’ favor. We will represent you on a contingency basis, so you will not owe attorney fees until you receive a lump sum correction of past benefits that you were wrongly denied.