Appealing a social security disability claim Denial
Waiting for a decision on your application for SSDI benefits can be nerve-wracking. Learning that your claim has been denied after all that time waiting can be especially upsetting. Thankfully, the initial denial of a claim does not mean you are out of options. A dedicated SSDI attorney could help you with SSDI appeals to pursue a fair outcome in your case.
Why SSDI Claims are Denied
The Social Security Administration (SSA) may reject a claim for SSDI benefits for a variety of reasons. Some of these reasons can be easily rectified, while others stem from fundamental problems with the claim itself. There are also instances where the SSA’s own errors result in a denial.
A common cause for denial is the claimant’s failure to include the necessary documents. Denials may also arise when the essential criteria for SSDI coverage are not fulfilled, such as when the disability is not acknowledged by the SSA or the claimant lacks the required work history to qualify for benefits. Additionally, the SSA may reject a claim if they believe the applicant has not cooperated with them throughout the process.
Understanding the specific reason for a claim’s rejection is a crucial step in the appeals process. An experienced SSDI appeals attorney can identify the underlying cause of the denial and strategically address it during the appeal, enhancing the chances of a successful resolution.
The Appeals Process
Appealing an SSDI decision can be a multi-stage process. A claim could go through four different stages of appeals before the process concludes. An SSDI appeals attorney from Newlin Disability could help every step of the way.
The first level of appeals is known as reconsideration. During this stage, the SSA will take a second look at an applicant’s original application. Reconsideration frequently results in the same outcome as the original decision, unless the initial error was made by the SSA.
If reconsideration is not successful, the next option is to request a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). At this hearing, an applicant has the ability to offer any new evidence that could further prove their eligibility for benefits and address the reason for the denial.
The highest level of appeal within the SSA is the Appeals Council. Unlike with reconsideration and a hearing with an ALJ, applicants do not have a right to be heard by the Appeals Council. The Council can choose to hear a case or reject the request—they can even take up a case without being asked if they choose to do so.
Regardless of whether the Appeals Council takes up a claim, the final stop in the appellate process is in federal court. To begin this stage, an applicant must file a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court where they live. At this level, a judge can hear any new evidence, as well as any additional support for the underlying claim. The decision in federal court is the final stop for any SSDI appeal.
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With years of experience and a proven track record of success, our lawyers are dedicated to helping clients receive the benefits they need and deserve. Whether you are just getting started with the process or have already been denied, our team is here to provide a free consultation and guide you every step of the way.