Appealing Social Security Disability Denials
It is not at all unusual for injured workers or disability applicants to have their initial claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits denied. A significant number of claims are denied at the first two levels of the process and go on to be awarded following a hearing.
If you are denied at the initial application level, you are entitled to file an appeal, called a reconsideration request. If your claim is again denied at this stage, you are entitled to request a hearing before an administrative law judge. Keep in mind that both appeal requests have strict time requirements. If you do not file within the time permitted, you could lose your rights to that application and will have to start the process over again, losing months of benefits you could be entitled to receive.
We are the lawyers of Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP. From our offices in Springfield, North Adams, Bennington, our attorneys represent clients filing SSDI denied claims appeals throughout Massachusetts and Vermont.
Afraid It Will Cost Too Much To Hire A Lawyer For Your Appeal?
By federal law, SSDI lawyers are only allowed to collect a preset percentage of the amount of benefits you are entitled to, dating back to your initial date of eligibility. We cannot collect any money from future benefits you are paid after a successful appeal. The amount of money we can collect for our services cannot exceed $6,000, no matter how much you are entitled to receive upon approval.
Why Was Your Initial Claim Denied?
Many people who can no longer work because of an injury or onset of a disability are disappointed and confused to learn their claim was denied. After years of paying into the system through payroll deduction at work, getting turned down when applying for the benefits you need — and have paid for — is frustrating. Your local Disability Determination Board has high standards and expectations regarding the specific medical reports and records it will require. It often requires additional documentation and other evidence.
Don’t give up. There are several levels of appeals you can file. We will be with you every step, all the way. We know the process and we know how to move your appeal forward efficiently and effectively.