If You’re Denied Social Security Disability Benefits, Don’t Give Up!
Out of the millions of people who apply for Social Security Disability benefits, an astonishing 70% are denied. If you or a loved one has applied for Social Security Disability benefits and have been denied, there is hope. The fact that your claim was denied does not mean that you aren’t disabled.
You Have The Right To Appeal
If denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal. At Packard Law Firm, in San Antonio, we can help you file an appeal immediately. Over 60% of those who appeal their denied case win!
What Does The Appeals Process Involve?
Appealing a denied Social Security Disability case involves three main steps:
A reconsideration is a time when a new government employee, not part of the initial decision, reexamines your initial application. Sadly, reconsiderations are conducted without any interaction with the applicant and around 90% are typically denied.
2. Request for a hearing
If your reconsideration was denied, you have the opportunity to request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). You will be given the opportunity to testify about medical evidence and other pertinent information. An ALJ is not bound by any previous determination and has discretion to issue a new ruling about your case.
3. Federal court review
If an ALJ’s decision is not in your favor, you can still seek review by the Appeals Council or federal court. However, the federal court must find evidence that the ALJ did not follow the rules or give you a fair hearing.
Help From Packard Law Firm In San Antonio
At Packard Law Firm, our San Antonio attorneys are thoroughly familiar with the process and can help with all aspects of appealing your Social Security Disability claim. We often assist with:
- Filing the appeal (in a timely manner)
- Analyzing the Social Security file and making a case-specific strategy
- Gathering additional evidence from doctors and medical providers
- All aspects of the hearing, including testifying and cross-examination of medical and vocational experts
Reach Out To Us For Guidance Today
Appealing a Social Security Disability denial can be difficult and exhausting. You do not have to go through this process alone. According to Social Security’s own statistics, people win benefits more often when they have representation than when they don’t.
Our team at Packard Law Firm has experience with every level of appeal in the Social Security process. Whether you need to apply for benefits or were already denied, we can help.