It has been reported that approximately 65% of initial claims for Social Security Disability benefits are denied. Fortunately, persons seeking benefits can appeal their denials; however, the appeal process can be complicated and confusing. An experienced Disability lawyer at your side can guide you through the process, ensuring that you follow each step completely and in a timely fashion. This will increase the likelihood of a successful appeal.
If you are denied Disability benefits, you have the right to file an appeal and request a Social Security Disability Appeal Hearing before an Administrative Law judge. You must file an appeal and request a hearing in person at the local Social Security office, online, or by writing a letter to the Social Security Administration office or completing the form entitled Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge. It is important to make sure you always file a timely appeal within 60 days of your denial date. Failure to file a timely appeal will result in a loss of your appeal rights.
Preparing for your Administrative Hearing
In preparation for your hearing, a diligent Social Security Disability lawyer will gather records of all your doctor appointments, surgeries, therapy, medications, and lab tests. Your attorney will determine and prepare appropriate witnesses to your disability, as well as gather and organize other collaborating evidence that supports your claim.
While you may consider pursuing an appeal of your initial denial without legal representation, statistics show that Administrative Law judges generally award benefits to more applicants represented by a Disability lawyer. A knowledgeable Disability attorney is well-versed in the procedural aspects of a Disability claim and therefore can ensure that filing requirements are adequately and timely met. In addition, as experienced trial litigators, Disability attorneys will skillfully present evidence of and witnesses to your disability, proffering your proofs in a light most favorable to your position.
Call the Philadelphia Social Security Disability Lawyers at Silver & Silver to File your Appeal
The Social Security Disability lawyers at Silver & Silver have successfully securedDisability benefits for thousands of clients. With our law offices in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, we are conveniently located to meet with clients throughout the Philadelphia area and its surrounding suburbs of Delaware County, Montgomery County, Bucks County, Chester County, and Berks County, as well as in the South Jersey communities of Camden, Burlington, Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Haddonfield, Moorestown, Mt. Laurel, Gloucester, Atlantic County and others. If you intend to file a claim for Social Security Disability benefits or your claim has already been denied, call us today for a free consultation at 1-800-94-SILVER or contact us online.