October 28, 2015
Don’t be surprised if you apply for Social Security Disability benefits and your claim gets denied. Data indicates the Social Security Administration (SSA) rejects about two out of three initial disability claims.
Fortunately if you’ve been denied your disability benefits, you have the right to appeal. Our Social Security Disability lawyers at Stewart & Stewart are here to guide you through each step of the process.
First, you will need to gather the evidence and documents that are necessary to support your claim for disability. We can advise you on what kind of evidence you’ll need and help gather it for you. This paperwork can be submitted when you begin the disability appeal process with the SSA.
Once you’ve initiated an appeal, your case will be reconsidered by an SSA claims processor. This processor will issue a decision either reversing or agreeing with the initial judgment. If your claim is denied again, you can seek to have your case heard by an administrative judge, then a panel of judges, before your claim proceeds into the court system.
If your Social Security Disability appeal is successful, it’s important to remember that you may still face a waiting period of up to six months before you begin receiving benefits.
At Stewart & Stewart, we recognize just how complex the policies and procedures that govern the Social Security Disability appeal process can be. If you’re considering filing a Social Security Disability claim or have an application that’s been denied in the past, our personal injury attorneys are here to answer your questions and help you any way we can. The consultation is free, and you don’t pay us unless we get benefits for you.