Have you been denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits? Are you unsure how to appeal? Are you afraid the same things that led to your initial denial will lead to your appeal being denied? If so, then you should seek the help of a lawyer for your SSDI appeal.
Filing Your Appeal
There are four different appeal steps you can use if your SSDI benefits application has been denied:
- Appeals hearing
- Review by Appeals Council
- Federal lawsuit
Each of these steps has specific paperwork requirements that your lawyer can make sure are followed so you actually get your appeal and don’t have to file again or lose your right to appeal. For more information on these steps, see How to Appeal a Social Security Denial.
A Lawyer Can Help Review Your File
The first thing a lawyer can do is help you decide whether you should appeal. He can give you a realistic sense of how likely you are to actually get benefits. If you have a good chance of getting benefits, he can help you look for possible reasons why your initial application was denied. He can help you get important medical tests and talk to your doctor about specific information that may have been left out of your medical record or forms, but might be important to your SSDI appeal. Your lawyer can also check information at the Social Security Administration (SSA) to make sure their records are accurate.
Next, your lawyer can help you get your file up to date. Many disabling conditions require that you have a certain number of hospitalizations or treatments during the time just before your application is considered, so it’s important to make sure you include new information each time you appeal.
A Lawyer Can Represent You at a Hearing
Your lawyer can also represent you at a hearing. A lawyer can help prepare you for your SSDI appeals hearing. You can practice testimony, go over difficult words and concepts related to your condition, and prepare for questions you might be asked. This will ensure you are able to give a complete, factual, and convincing account of your disability at the hearing. A lawyer can also help you find any witnesses that might be helpful at your hearing and practice testimony with them.
During the hearing, your lawyer can answer any questions about the procedural aspects of your application. Your lawyer can also be a calm voice if you start to get agitated or upset during your hearing.
Your lawyer can even attend a hearing in your place if you are unable to attend because of your disability. This means your hearing won’t have to be delayed or missed—it can be held without you, and you still get the benefit of a hearing.
SSDI Benefit Denial Is Common—Don’t Give Up
About 70% of SSDI benefit applications are denied the first time. However, with an appropriate appeal, you may still be able to get benefits. And a lawyer can help make sure your appeal gives you the best chance of earning the disability benefits you deserve.
Please contact us today to learn more about getting a lawyer to help your appeal. For a fee consultation call locally in Cincinnati at 513-621-2345 or toll free 1-800-47-6549.