How to Appeal Denied Social Security Claims

Has Your SSD Claim Been Denied?

You are not alone if your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) was denied. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies about two-thirds of initial SSD claims. A denial does not mean that you do not have a disability, but it does mean that becoming approved for benefits will take more time.

If your initial Social Security Disability claim was denied, you have the right to appeal, and the Law Offices of Kenneth Hiller, PLLC, is ready to represent you. We help disabled workers in Rochester, NY and the surrounding region at all stages of the disability claims process, including appeals.

Reasons the SSA Denies Claims

Often, the SSA will deny an initial claim because it believes the applicant failed to show a complete and total disability and the inability to work. This means that the initial application did not prove your disability to the SSA’s satisfaction. An experienced disability lawyer understands how to gather medical records and other evidence for a strong appeal.

The SSD Appeals Process

You can begin the appeals process after the SSA denies your initial claim for SSDI or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. Depending on your situation, you may be able to request four types of reviews:

  • Reconsideration: This is the first type of review, which asks the SSA to take another look at your application. It must be done within 60 days of the application denial.
  • Hearing before an administrative law judge (ALJ): The second type of review, an ALJ hearing, typically takes 15 to 18 months. It’s usually the best opportunity to obtain benefits after your application is denied.
  • Appeals Council: If the claim is denied at the ALJ hearing, our attorneys can appeal your case to an Appeals Council. This appeal is in the form of a written brief only; you will not have to appear in court.
  • Court: When all the three previous stages of review fail, our lawyers can file a lawsuit in federal court. While some law firms will not or cannot bring a suit in federal court, ours can. If the SSA wrongly denies your claim, we are ready to exhaust all options for you.

Contact a Rochester, NY SSD Appeal Attorney

Our law firm provides appeals for clients who have been with us since their initial application as well as clients who seek our assistance after their application is denied. To learn how we can help you with an SSD appeal or help you with other disability questions, contact us today to arrange a free consultation. Call 877.236.7366 or send us a message online.

You will not owe us fees unless we win your case.