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
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
contact our office!