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Was Your SSDI Claim Denied?

Did you file a claim for Social Security Disability only to have it denied? If so, you’re probably feeling frustrated about now, and we completely understand! Unfortunately, a large percentage of SSDI claims are denied initially, especially when people file them without the help of an attorney.

The good news is that there is hope. The Social Security Administration does want to ensure that it makes the correct decisions about each SSDI application, therefore, applicants have a right to file an appeal when their claims are denied.

When you file an appeal, the SSA reviews their entire decision, including those parts that were in the applicant’s favor. If they determine that their decision was incorrect, they will willingly change it.

When can I file my appeal?

If you applied for SSDI benefits and your claim was denied, you must make your request within 60 days from the date that you received your denial letter.

The SSA assumes that most people receive their letter within five days from the date on the letter, unless applicants can show that they received the letter at a later date. Once the SSA receives your appeal, it will go through four levels of appeal, which include:

  • The reconsideration;
  • The hearing before an administrative law judge;
  • A review by the Appeals Council; and
  • A federal court review.

If for some reason you cannot attend the hearing, you are required to notify the SSA in writing as soon as possible.

Unless the administrative law judge handling your case believes that you should be at your hearing, you will not be required to attend. Or, the SSA may be able to change the time or place of your hearing to accommodate your schedule. However, you must have a good reason for them to make other arrangements.

Should I hire a lawyer for help?

We strongly recommend hiring an attorney for help. When you hire a lawyer, they are called your “representative.” The SSA will work with your attorney representative, just as they would work with you. Your attorney can act on your behalf in most Social Security matters, and they’ll receive a copy of the SSA’s decision about your appeal.

If you want more information about hiring a Dallas Social Security Disability lawyer from The Zendeh Del Law Firm to handle your appeal, don’t hesitate to contact our office!