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What should I do if my Social Security Disability claim is denied?

by Steve Fields | April 17th, 2015

A majority of first time applicants have their Social Security Disability denied when filing their initial application for disability benefits. Even more claimants get denied at the second level of appeal, known as the reconsideration level. Often times, claimants are told that they do not qualify for disability benefits because they are not considered disabled under Social Security’s Rules, have not earned enough work credits, or provided insufficient information.

If you have been denied, do not get discouraged. You have the right to file a Social Security Disability appeal and it is always in your best interest to do so.

In almost every denial situation, Social Security gives you up to 60 days to file an appeal for reconsideration or to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). Filing your appeal on time is extremely important and the sooner it is filed, the faster a decision in your case can be made.

The appeal can often be done online through Social Security’s website, however under special circumstances, the appeal may need to be done through a standard paper filing. If Social Security does not give you a right to appeal, you should seek legal advice right away.

Two Important Stages of Disability Appeals

The Reconsideration appeal stage is an important step in your Social Security Disability claim. Providing inadequate information on not properly describing your condition and/or updated medical treatment may lead to your claim being denied again.

The Request for Hearing is the most critical stage of your disability claim. The majority of claimants must attend a hearing before a Judge and it is very important to have an attorney represent you in this process.

At both these stages, we help claimants deal with Social Security, request medical information and treatment records, and reach out to your primary treating physicians for opinions concerning your condition. We also routinely follow up with the Social Security Administration to ensure that your claim is being handled properly, efficiently, and as quickly as possible.

Fields Law Firm Disability Attorneys Can Help

As attorneys, not only do we have great knowledge and experience with the legal aspects of Social Security Disability, but have also often appeared before the same Judges assigned in your case. It is to your advantage to have an attorney on your side who has previously been before your Judge. This allows us to properly prepare your case and anticipate how the hearing may be conducted.

Regardless of what stage your claim is in, we know what is most important and what it takes in order to be successful in your case. Whether you have already been denied and need help appealing, or just have questions about your Social Security Disability claim, contact an experienced Social Security Disability Attorney at the Fields Law Firm for a free consultation today.

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Steve Fields

Founder at Fields Law Firm
As the founder of Fields Law Firm, Steve began his law career with a small personal injury law firm helping people injured throughout Minnesota. Fields Law has grown into one of the largest work injury law firms in Minnesota and handles all types of cases related to work injuries including personal injury, Social Security disability and long term disability.