Are You Facing a Social Security Disability Denial?
Many Americans are entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. Here in Mississippi, over 140,000 residents currently receive these benefits, with thousands more making application for benefits every year. But many people may be surprised to learn that seven in ten applications for these benefits are denied after the initial submission. If you are in need of Social Security Disability benefits, you don’t want to drag the application process on for an average of three to four months, increasing the stress and strain that is already weighing on you and your family due to the disability itself. Instead, work with an experienced local attorney to ensure things are done right from the get go.
After a Denial
If your initial application is denied, you have 65 days to appeal, and you should prepare for an unpleasant appeal process that could take another four months. The first stage of this process is referred to as a Request for Reconsideration. Believe it or not, roughly 80 percent of these requests are once again denied. Luckily, it’s not too late to consult with an attorney at this point!
The next step is asking for a disability hearing. Unfortunately, it could take more than a year to get this hearing due to the extensive backlog at the local Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. Once you do get your hearing, an Administrative Law Judge must consider the merits of your case. You will be able to present documents, witnesses, and testimony to demonstrate how your disability prevents you from gainful employment. Having an experienced attorney by your side will be beneficial. You will have endured your disability without financial assistance for as long as two years at this point.
Avoiding the Very First Denial
As you complete your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits, there are some very particular things you can do to give yourself better odds of a positive outcome:
Enlist the services of the heavy hitting Social Security disability team at our office. We will use our knowledge and experience to help you put together a comprehensive and accurate application package, including:
- Documentation of your medical history and visits;
- A Residual Functional Capacity questionnaire completed by your physician;
- A list of medications you take;
- A documentation of your work history;
- A complete list of assets and income.
Get the Help you Deserve
You’ve been a working, contributing member of society for years, and now you need help. It’s help that you’re entitled to. Avoid the frustrations of mountains of paperwork that seems redundant and incomprehensible. No matter where you are in the application process, we can assist you. Contact Derek L. Hall, PC in Jackson today for a free, confidential consultation.