Living with a disabling condition likely presents you with challenges. But you should not feel alone, as numerous individuals file for Social Security Disability each year. If your claim is denied, you also should not feel alone, as nearly 70% of all initial claims are denied. But a denial is not the end of the road.
When an SSD claim for benefits is denied, you are afforded the opportunity to appeal the decision. In fact, there are various steps you can take to prove that you are eligible for these benefits.
Appealing a denial of benefits
At the Law Offices of Cory A. DeLellis, our attorneys have the experience to help you through all stages of the appeal process. Our law firm is devoted to helping individuals obtain the benefits owed to them, which is why we work diligently at each phase.
The stages of an SSD appeal
Our attorneys take the time to explain the four different stages of the appeal process, ensuring they are aware that they do not need to move to the next stage if they are successful at any of the stages.
The first stage is to seek reconsideration. This is essentially a request to have your application reviewed again. If this does not result in an approval, the next step is to request a hearing. Roughly 50% of those at this stage have their claims approved.
If this does not occur, the third stage is to request a review from the appeals council. If an approval is not reached at this phase, the final stage of the appeals process is to file a lawsuit in U.S. district court.
While it can be discouraging to receive a notice of denial, which does not mean you are out of options. By taking the time to better understand your situation and the rights afforded to you, you can take proper steps to protect your legal rights and interests when it comes to receiving the SSD benefits to which you are entitled.