Most people who file for benefits will experience the frustration that comes from being denied Social Security disability benefits. A disability denial is not the time to lose heart! You can appeal the denial within sixty days of receipt of your denial letter. Don't procrastinate! If you miss the sixty day deadline you will be required to start the entire process over again. Many people retain an experienced Social Security disability law firm, like the Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers, to help them file the appeal. Having a law firm assist you may increase your chances of receiving benefits on appeal. If you desire to contact a Social Security disability lawyer to assist you in appealing your denial, you should contact one as soon as you receive the denial letter so they will have time to help you build a strong appeal.
During the appeals process you can update your claim and provide relevant or new information. During the appeals process your medical and vocational information will be reviewed. If the claim is denied again you will have another opportunity to appeal the Social Security disability denial in a hearing before a judge. During this hearing the government may bring witnesses to testify to support the Social Security Administration's reasons for denial of your benefits. A Social Security disability lawyer on your side can be a huge asset during this hearing. The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers can assist you during the disability appeal process to insure your paperwork is at its optimal for a review and includes the necessary items required by the Social Security Administration. A disability attorney can also cross-examine the government's witnesses and insure that law, policies and procedures are followed during the hearing.
If you feel that you have been unjustly denied Social Security disability benefits fill out the form on this page for a FREE case evaluation. There is never a fee unless you win your Social Security disability benefits.
If the Atlanta Regional Social Security Administration denies your disability benefits after your initial application, you have the right to file for a reconsideration or first appeal. There is a deadline of sixty days from the denial to file for an appeal. If you do not file your reconsideration request in sixty days, your application for SSDI benefits will not be reconsidered and you will probably have to restart the process by submitting another application and waiting several months for a response. At the second level, a different Social Security Administration (SSA) representative will review your disability application and determines if the first person correctly denied the application.
Applying and waiting for your disability benefits can be an extremely long and frustrating process. There may be months between submitting an application or an appeal and the time you hear back from the SSA. Many people get frustrated and quit the process, however persistence can pay off. Other people hire Social Security disability lawyers to help them through the process to minimize the chances of errors, omissions or mistakes to make sure the process is not extended unnecessarily. There are several steps or "stages" involved in the SSDI process and each one presents its unique set of difficulties and challenges. Even with a lawyer it may take two years after initial application is made for a person to be approved for Social Security disability benefits. Think how much longer it might be without the careful attention paid to a case by a Social Security disability lawyer. Below are approximate percentages of claims approved at each level:
Level One: Initial 35%
Level Two: Reconsideration 15%
Level Three: Hearing 50%
Level Four: Appeals Council 3%
Level Five: Federal Court 5%
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Click here for an Atlanta, Georgia Resource Guide written especially to help people living in Georgia who suffer from disabilities.