We Appeal Denied Social Security Disability Claims
Our law firm will fight for justice every step of the way
You're living with a disability. You've worked long enough to pay into the system. When the Social Security Administration denies your application for Social Security Disability benefits, it may come as a complete shock. It may seem like you're out of options, with nowhere to turn for income to meet your basic needs.
Don't panic. The reality is that appealing denied claims is a nearly routine part of the process - the SSA denies about two-thirds of initial applications. That doesn't mean you can't get the benefits you need. What it does mean is that you need to appeal, and you need help from an SSD appeal attorney to do it.
Chad Jones Law, P.C. has been handling Social Security Disability cases in the Bryan-College Station area and throughout Texas for over a decade. We're very familiar with the appeals process, and we'll stand up for your legal rights every step of the way.
The steps we may take to help you get benefits after a denial include:
- Request for Reconsideration: This is a simple request for the administrative level of the SSA that denied your claim initially to take another look. The review of your claim will be conducted by a medical consultant and examiner who were not involved in your original decision. It's fairly rare for the SSA to overturn a decision at this stage, but it does happen.
- Hearing Before An ALJ: If your reconsideration request is denied, you can request a hearing with an administrative law judge (ALJ) within 60 days of the denial. We'll help you prepare for the hearing and clearly present your injury or condition to the judge. Usually, this is as far as an appeal needs to go, but we're prepared for the steps beyond if you lose your hearing.
- Going to the Appeals Council: After a hearing with an ALJ, we can request that your case be reviewed by the Appeals Council. In general, the Appeals Council will look for a flaw in the decision made by the ALJ, such as a procedural issue, error of law or an abuse of discretion.
- Federal Court: Occasionally, an SSD case will make it all the way to a lawsuit in a U.S. district court. This will be a hearing before a judge, without a jury. The judge is supposed to review the case only for legal errors, but it's not uncommon for a judge to reverse an ALJ's decision based on factual questions as well.
- Filing a new claim: If your appeal is denied, you always have the option of applying again. While it is usually easier to appeal your existing claim than to start a new claim, this can be a useful option if your condition has worsened since you originally applied.
Unfortunately, the SSA denies many applications for reasons that have nothing to do with the applicant's injuries. They're primarily looking to keep the number of applications down. That means many legitimately disabled people are left waiting for the benefits they need through no fault of their own.
We're committed to getting justice for those people. If your application for Social Security Disability has been denied, we'll guide you through the appeals process. Contact us today for a free consultation. Call 1-800-64-JONES.