What does it mean when your Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income benefit applications are denied?
Not a great deal. It does not mean that the government thinks you are faking disability. Denial does not mean that you should not reapply or appeal.
It is really just the government's way of saying to you: This is not going to be easy. Experienced lawyers are pleased when a letter of denial is sent. It gives us the opportunity to try again, with improved chances of success.
In addition to helping draft initial SSD (or SSI) applications, our firm represents clients at every level of appeal:
- Reconsideration. This is the first level of appeal after your application is turned down. You may present additional evidence at this stage. There is a statistical likelihood you will be turned down during reconsideration as well.
- The administrative hearing. The next step is an administrative hearing, a courtlike proceeding where we argue your case and present additional evidence to an administrative law judge, employed by the Social Security Administration. The ALJ may relent and honor your request.
- SSD appeals. The third level is the appeals council, also run by the Social Security Administration.
- Federal court. If you are turned down by the appeals council, you may file a lawsuit in federal district court. Your case will now be heard by someone not employed by the SSA. Many cases are resolved satisfactorily here.
At Newman, Williams, Mishkin, Corveleyn, Wolfe & Fareri, P.C., of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, it has been our pleasure to midwife disability benefits at all four of these levels.
Schedule a meeting with the Stroudsburg Social Security appeal lawyers at Newman Williams. Call us at 570-234-0344, or toll free at 800-506-0191. Or write to our attorneys using this convenient form.