Appealing a Denied Social Security Disability Claim
You Still Have a Chance at Obtaining Benefits
Every year, nearly twice as many Social Security disability claims are denied as they are accepted. Many of these SSD denials are valid, since a large number of applicants are frauds attempting to cheat the system. On the other hand, many valid claims are also denied due to a mistake on the part of the applicant or the Social Security office. Anyone whose claim has been denied has the right to file an appeal in order to have their claim reconsidered and possibly reversed.
How to File a Social Security Disability Appeal
An individual can file an appeal online through the Social Security Administration's website, or they can do so in person at their local Social Security office. This first step is known as "reconsideration." Filing in person will require the person to complete several forms, including a Request for Reconsideration (SSA-561) and an Appeal Disability Report (SSA-3441). These documents must be completed in their entirety and without error, then submitted to the Social Security office along with an updated version of your medical records in order to be reconsidered.
Should the Social Security offices still deny your claim, you may take the next step and request a hearing. Complete and file a Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge (HA-501) and an Appeal Disability Report (SSA-3441). You will then be able to review your denial before an administrative judge. If your claim is still denied after such a hearing, you may then submit a completed Review of Decision/Order of Administrative Law Judge (HA-520) online or in person, after which you will be notified of the decision by mail.
The last step you can take in the appeals process after the first three have proven to be unsuccessful is to file a lawsuit in the District Court. You must be represented by a lawyer for federal court cases, so call Shook & Stone to learn about our services. We have handled all kinds of Social Security disability cases and are more than capable of helping you obtain the benefits you need through an appeal.
Find a Quality Attorney in Reno
The appeals process may seem daunting, but with the assistance of a Social Security disability lawyer, you will have the confidence to complete and submit all necessary paperwork on time and obtain the benefits you need for your condition. Our team is made up of aggressive trial lawyers, which means we will not hesitate to take your case before the federal court if it is in your best interest. Speak with a lawyer from our firm today through a free initial consultation to review your case and learn what options are available to you.