Nashville Attorneys Handling SSD/SSI Claim Denials
Has your application for Social Security Disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income benefits been denied? Don't give up before you seek the support of a professional Social Security Disability attorney who can help you. Approximately 85% of initial applications for benefits are denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). There are still options after your initial claim is denied, but there are specific timeline restrictions — so act now to make sure your rights are fully protected.
The SSA is extremely rigorous in their review of initial applications for Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income benefits. In fact, even the most thorough applications can be denied. However, having experienced legal counsel throughout the application process or appeals process can greatly improve your chances for success in obtaining benefits.
If your initial claim was denied, we can help you with the next steps. Responding effectively and efficiently is key at all levels.
Administrative Hearing: When your initial application is denied, you have 60 days to ask for an administrative hearing.
- An Administrative Law Judge will consider medical evidence from your doctors and testimony offered by you and/or your legal representative.
- The judge bases his or her decision on the evidence presented to him, ignoring previous denials and the reasons for them.
- The hearing is informal and can be your the best opportunity to have your Social Security application approved at the administrative level.
Appeals Council Review: If your appeal at the administrative hearing is unsuccessful, you have 60 days to ask for an Appeals Council Review.
- A written argument can be submitted in support of your case. We work closely with you in the preparation of this statement.
- You may supply new evidence to be considered.
- The Social Security Administration Appeals Council will review your file and documentation submitted in a timely and complete fashion.
Federal Court review: Should your case be denied by the Appeals Council, there is a 60 day time limit to file a lawsuit appealing your denial in Federal District Court. The Court will not consider new evidence so it is important that your past records and filings are as complete as possible. Only the transcript from your administrative law hearing and medical records will be reviewed by the judge.
- Social Security Disability Applications and Appeals Home Page
- Helpful Tips for Filing
- Disability Requirements
- Stages of the Benefits Process
- How We Are Paid
- Information on the Social Security Administration's GRIDS
If you have questions about your claim application or denial, want to know your options for moving forward, or need assistance appealing a denied claim, contact the attorneys at Papa & Roberts. We have the valuable skills and perspective of years of experience in the public sector and extensive negotiation experience which make our attorneys uniquely qualified to guide you through each step of the Social Security benefits process.