We understand that receiving a denial of benefits from the Social Security Administration (SSA) can be frustrating and worrisome. The SSA makes every effort to review each claim individually, but it is not unheard of for a denied claim to ultimately receive approval upon appeal. A skilled Florence, SC Social Security Disability Appeal attorney can help you navigate your case.
The first question your disability attorney will ask is when you received your letter indicating a denial of benefits. The SSA requires claimants to appeal their denial within 60 days from receipt of the denial letter. The SSA cannot closely monitor when claimants receive their letters, so the 60-day mark begins five days after the denial letter is sent. Claimants who fail to raise an appeal within the 60-day deadline face the risk of having to start over with a new application and potentially lose back benefits.
Your denial letter should include instructions as to how to appeal your claim. The first phase of the appeal process is known as reconsideration and is essentially an identical process as the first time you applied. If you are denied following the reconsideration stage, you have 60 days to appeal and request a hearing. The SSA’s Office of Disability Adjudication and Review is responsible for overseeing and administering disability hearings. Your hearing will take place before an administrative law judge who will listen to witness testimony and review the evidence. If the judge does not rule in your favor, the last step before a personal lawsuit is a review by the SSA’s Special Appeals Council. One of our experienced disability attorneys can make a huge difference at any stage of this process.
To discuss your legal options, contact us or call our office at (843) 667.0400.