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What If My Social Security Disability (SSD) Claim Is Denied?

Resolving SSD Claim Disputes

The reality is that many disability claims are denied the first time around. In fact, nearly 65% of all initial applications are denied. If your Social Security disability claim was one of those denied, you should appeal, and as soon as possible. You have 60 days to file a request for reconsideration. If you miss the deadline, you may have to start the whole Social Security process over again.

Do not make the mistake of filing late, giving up on the benefits you need, or going straight away to filing a new claim. You have better odds of getting disability benefits during the appeals process than you do through refiling your application. If you end up filing a new claim instead of appealing, you will lose a great deal of time.

What Happens During the SSD Appeals Process?

  • Request for Reconsideration: You begin by filing your Request for Reconsideration petition and providing documentation to prove your injury was work-related.
  • Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge: If your request for reconsideration falls through, which usually happens, a legal expert can help you in the second level of appeals, which takes place in a hearing before a judge.
  • Appeals Council: If you do not receive a satisfactory result from your hearing, you can request to go before the Appeals Council.
  • Federal court review: This is the last step you can take if your claim has still been denied. You can take your case in front of a federal judge.

A Phoenix SSD lawyer can swiftly collect all the medical evidence necessary, as well as obtain extensive documentation from your physicians. One of our attorneys can also equip you for the hearing by helping you to anticipate how things will proceed, answering your questions, and preparing you for the judge's questions, and more.

Work with a Dedicated Phoenix Social Security Disability Attorney

At the Fendon Law Firm, P.C. our Phoenix legal team has more than 50 years of combined legal experience with which to serve clients. Just as our team is family, our clients are more than a case number, they are treated like family too. A Social Security disability lawyer from our firm has the commitment and skill to determine why your initial claim was denied. Our legal team is prepared to guide you through the entire appeal process. Working with disability attorney is one of the biggest ways you can improve your chances of getting the benefits you deserve.

According to the statistics, you have twice the chance of success in your appeal at this stage with a lawyer than you do without one. To learn more about how our legal experience may be able to help you win the benefits you need, do not hesitate to contact us. We have offices in Flagstaff, Phoenix, and Prescott.

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