Free Consultation
Social Security Disability

Denied SSDI Claims

Polk County, Florida, SSDI Appeals Attorney

The majority of initial Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) claims are denied by the Social Security Administration.  This does not mean that your injury is not serious, and it does not mean that you won’t be able to get benefits. However, it does mean that it will take some extra time to get the benefits because you must exercise your right to appeal. At DDB Law, we’re committed to helping Lakeland residents through the appeal process.

Why Was My Initial Claim Denied?

The SSA denies most initial claims filed by individuals without the help of an attorney because the application lacks proof that the applicant is “totally disabled” and “unable to be gainfully employed.” It is very common for people to apply on their own, but we are available to assist in properly applying for SSDI benefits. One of the reasons why you should hire an SSDI lawyer is that we are able to gather medical records and other documents to make your initial claim as strong as possible.

Handling the SSDI Appeals Process After a Claim Denial

When an initial claim for benefits is denied, the appeals process begins. There are a few different stages, and we will be there to take you through all the necessary steps along the way.

  • Reconsideration: After a claim is denied, the first step is to ask the SSA to take a second look at your claim. There is a strict deadline within which you must request reconsideration, so do not delay after receiving the initial denial.
  • ALJ hearing: If the SSA denies the claim after reconsidering it, we can take your case to an Administrative Law Judge. This is the only point at which you will meet face to face with a person who has the ability to accept or deny your claim. It is critical to have legal representation at this stage so that your claim can be properly presented. Additionally, this hearing must be requested within 60 days of the denial of reconsideration.
  • Appeals Council: Many cases are resolved in favor of our clients at the ALJ level, but if your claim is denied, we can file the appropriate documents and written arguments with the Appeals Council in Falls Church, Virginia.