Denied SSD Benefits

Are all SSD claims denied the first time?

One of the most common myths about SSD is that everyone who files a claim for benefits is denied on the first attempt. This is not the case, but there is a grain of truth in it. Factually, approximately two-thirds of the 2.5 million people who apply for SSD benefits are denied, so if this has happened to you, you are not alone. You do not, however, have to accept the decision to deny you benefits. With the help of an attorney from Clawson & Clawson, LLP, you may be able to file an appeal of the decision, and by deciding to fight the case there is a very good chance you could win.

Stages of Appeal

Some of the claims that are denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA) are denied with good reason, but many denials are the result of simple mistakes in the paperwork or a lack of sufficient evidence in the application. The SSA staff is, to put it simply, overworked. They have to handle the payment of benefits to nearly 10 million people in addition to the 2.5 million new claims every year, and they do not typically have time to follow up on such claims. In light of this fact, the SSA provides four levels of appeal so that you can still pursue benefits if your claim has been wrongfully denied:

  • Reconsideration, which involves requesting to have another member of the Disability Determination Services staff review your application
  • A hearing with an Administrative Law Judge, where you can present additional evidence and make a personal plea for why you should be approved for benefits
  • Bringing your claim before the Social Security Administration Appeals Council
  • Taking the case to federal court

Can an attorney help with my denied SSD claim?

The appeals process can be difficult and lengthy, and it is highly advisable to have a skilled and dedicated attorney on your side to fight for your right to benefits safeguard your personal interests. By hiring our firm at the beginning of your claim you can improve your chances of being approved on the initial application, and you will also have the backup of being able to file an appeal if necessary.

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