“Sam is a highly skilled and conscientious attorney who will put in the time and effort it takes to analyze voluminous medical records and apply them to a deep knowledge of the Social Security Administration’s regulations to win his hearings and disability appeals.”
Most initial claims for SSDI and SSI are denied. Attorney Samuel E. Earley is experienced at helping people just like you make successful SSDI and SSI claims and appeals. We are committed to getting you the help you deserve.
Why Are Most Claims for SSDI and SSI Denied?
Most SSDI and SSI claim rejections have nothing to do with the person’s qualifications. The Social Security Administration is a typical government bureaucracy that demands numerous details from you while not operating efficiently. In all the paperwork and runaround involved, many legitimate claims are denied. The most common reasons your claim could be rejected include:
- A lack of sufficient medical evidence (sometimes more information is needed, so a rejection is issued)
- A number of prior denials
- You have failed to complete forms or send information that SSA has requested in a timely fashion.
Working with our experienced SSDI attorneys can prevent many of these common mistakes and increase your chances of a successful application or appeal.
How Do I Appeal My Rejected Claim for SSDI or SSI?
There are four basic levels of appeal when your initial claim for SSDI or SSI has been denied. Both benefit programs follow the same process of appeal. Our SSDI attorneys can help you prepare to submit a revised and improved claim that provides adequate information at any of these levels.
This step involves a complete review of your claim by a new party that was not involved in your initial decision. They will review the entire case plus any new evidence presented.
2. Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge
If you disagree with the decision made at the reconsideration stage, you may request a hearing by an administrative law judge. This formal hearing will include testimony by medical and vocational witnesses as well as presentations of existing and new evidence. The judge may also ask for more specific information. These hearings are often held via phone.
3. Review by the Appeals Council
If you disagree with the decision from your hearing before an administrative judge, you may request a formal review of your case by Social Security’s Appeals Council. This council looks at all requests for review but may refuse to review a previous decision they believe is correct. They may also refer the case to another administrative judge for a hearing.
4. Federal Court Review
If you disagree with the Appeals Council’s decision or if the Appeals Council decides not to review your case, you may file a lawsuit in a federal district court.
We Can Help You File an Appeal
Our experienced SSDI and SSI attorneys can help you prepare and file an appeal for your case. We also work with you so you will be prepared for any testimony you must provide, as well as gathering the appropriate medical examinations, records, and vocational testimonies to strengthen your claim. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation today.
Samuel E. Earley, Experienced Attorney for SSDI and SSI
Attorney Sam Earley can help you prepare and pursue an appeal if your claim for SSDI or SSI is rejected. Our skilled and experienced team knows how to prepare for successful appeals and how to avoid the common pitfalls that cause claim rejections. We will work hard to help you make a successful claims appeal for SSDI or SSI. Call today to learn more.