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.
Social Security Appeal Deadlines
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.
How to Appeal Social Security Disability in South Carolina
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.
Contact Our Social Security Disability Lawyers
Applying for Social Security Disability is difficult from the start. After putting in the hard work to apply, it is disheartening to receive a denial. Let our attorneys help you through this process, by filling out an appeal and appearing for you in court. Our attorneys are experienced in filling out the necessary paperwork within the allotted 60 days. Contact us as soon as you receive your denial letter, and let us fight for your justice!
To discuss your legal options, contact us or call our office at (843) 667.0400.