Denial of your Social Security disability benefits application can be devastating. You're trying to secure income earned from years of working now that you're not able to due to illness or injury.
You need the benefits as quickly as possible, so a claim rejection from the Social Security Administration (SSA) adds more stress to your financial situation.
While a claim denial is frustrating, it may not be the final decision regarding your Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits case. You still have the right to file an appeal. At first, this process may seem confusing and overwhelming, but you don’t have to handle it alone.
Why an SSDI Appeals Lawyer Can Help
You have a lot at stake. An experienced Social Security disability appeals lawyer can protect your rights and help you win your case in the following ways.
- Analyze the SSA denial letter. It should provide a detailed explanation for the denial. It should also outline for your attorney what documentation and evidence the SSA may be looking for on appeal.
- File your appeal properly. There are four distinct levels of appeal after an SSDI application denial: reconsideration, hearing, the Social Security Appeals Council, and federal district court. Your legal team will assure that you pursue each stage correctly and that your appeal paperwork is filed in the right place.
- File a timely appeal. The deadline for filing an appeal is short. In most cases, you have just 60 days to appeal after you receive a denial notice from the SSA.
- Gather the necessary evidence. After analyzing your denial letter regarding additional information required by the SSA, your lawyer will request it from doctors, employers, or other entities.
- Present compelling evidence. It isn't enough to gather the evidence. An SSA evaluator, an administrative law judge, or a federal court judge need to understand what it is, why it's relevant, and how it should be considered in your case.
- Prepare you for questioning. If your case goes to hearing or to court, you might have to answer questions about your disability and your ability to work. This may seem intimidating, but an experienced appeals lawyer will make sure you know what to expect.
- Question witnesses. A vocational expert and other witnesses may testify at your hearing. It's your lawyer's responsibility to question them effectively.
- Eliminate case delays. Depending on the level of appeal, it can take quite some time for your case to be heard. Your attorney will stay on top of everything that assures your claim isn't unnecessarily delayed.
- Remove additional stress. There are numerous details involved in an SSDI benefits appeal. You may worry about making sure that everything is done properly. Attorney Phil Gibbons is a cancer survivor, so he understands just how hard it can be to live with a serious health condition. A legal advisor like this can handle all aspects of your appeal while you concentrate on your health, family, and other aspects of life.
- Improve your chance of success. Statistics show that Social Security disability applicants who are represented by legal counsel on appeal are more likely to have a favorable ruling and receive their disability benefits.
A skilled attorney may also help you in other ways, based on the unique facts of your case.
Call Today for a Free Case Evaluation
Our Social Security disability lawyers are pleased to provide you with a free case evaluation by phone. We can review your disability, your work history, your medical treatment, and your appeals options. If we represent you in an SSDI appeal, you won't owe any money out of pocket.
You have nothing to lose by contacting Gibbons Leis, PLLC to learn more about your rights. Start a live chat with us now to find out more.