It isn’t easy to get approved for Social Security disability benefits. Unfortunately, upon an initial evaluation, 70% of applicants get denied. However, it doesn’t mean there isn’t hope for you if you’ve been denied. There’s an appeals process you can go through, and if you have the help of an SSDI and SSI lawyer, then your chances of getting approved will be much higher.
Here’s some more information on how to make an appeal.
Send in Your Appeal
Once you receive a denial letter in the mail, you have 60 days to respond to it. If you don’t respond within that time frame, you’ll likely have to apply for benefits all over again. It’s best to get in touch with an SSDI and SSI lawyer as soon as your denial comes in the mail so they can figure out what went wrong and attempt to correct it. For example, maybe you need to provide more evidence of your condition or simply fill out your application in full if you didn’t do that initially.
Go to an ALJ Hearing
You may need to go to a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) who was not involved in your initial application. A lawyer can help you prepare for this and represent you in front of the judge.
Go to an Appeals Council Review
Sending your application to an appeals council could be your next move. The council might hear your case or send it back to an ALJ.
Try a Federal Court Review
The last step is to try to appeal the decision in a federal court with the help of your lawyer. They will argue your position and represent you in the best way possible.
Working With Schott Law
If you need help appealing a Social Security disability denial, Schott Law is here for you. Maggie Schott is an SSDI & SSI lawyer serving Washington and Idaho. Contact us now at (509) 328-5789 to start your application.