Reasons Why Your Case was Denied and How to Appeal
If you are reading this, then the chances are that, after Filing a Social Security Disability Claim, you have been denied. Does that mean you should just give up and consider the denial final? The simple answer is no. In a recent study by the Social Security Administration, 66% of initial applications are denied, that’s 2 out of 3 cases. While the reasons for denial given by the Social Security Administration vary, we believe that the real reason the Social Security Administration denies such a large number of initial applications is to discourage claimants from pursuing appeals. So What’s Next?
So you have been denied just like many clients who come to us at this stage. Even a poorly developed Initial Application can be turned into a winning claim in the hands of an experienced Social Security Disability Advocate / Attorney. At Disability Claim Advocates, Inc., we can correct the mistakes and omissions of a denied Initial Application, and win your claim at this appeals level.
In certain cities, we may appeal your case directly to a hearing. In other cities, we may have to submit your case for Reconsideration by the same people who denied it in the same place. Unfortunately, very little changes at the Reconsideration level unless there are new conditions that the State Agency did not know about or new treating sources they were unable to contact. If your claim is denied again at the Reconsideration, then we may appeal your case to a hearing.
Decision to Appeal
You only have 60 days from the date of your denial to file an appeal, both at the Initial Application level and the Reconsideration level. We encourage most who been denied to appeal and we urge them not to get discouraged. The rates of success dramatically increase at the appeals level, especially if you are represented by a firm, such as ours, who has countless years of experience handling only Social Security Disability cases. We win a majority of the hearings we represent, compared to a 55% success rate for all claimants nationwide.
When you hire us after your denial, we will prepare and file all necessary forms on your behalf in order to appeal. We will work in conjunction with your doctors to ensure that the hearing office has the most updated medical evidence possible. In appropriate cases, we are able to request that an appeal be decided favorably without our clients actually having to attend a hearing, resulting in them getting their benefits months earlier than otherwise.
If you are considering hiring us to represent and appeal your claim, feel free to consult with one of our experienced disability advocates by either giving us a call or filling out our contact form. Remember, disability cases are all that we do and we don't get paid until we win. In closing, if you have decided to have a Social Security Disability Attorney in Glendale or another city appeal your case, rest assure that you have made the right decision.