I Was Denied Social Security Disability. What Are My Options?

Post by: Eric Jones | Posted Date: December 6th, 2014 | Categories: Social Security Disability

If you or a loved one has become unable to wok due to physical injury or mental disability, you are well within your rights to apply for Social Security disability through the Social Security Administration (SSA).  If your application is denied, you have  options.  You can drop your claim and attempt to find work or you can seek Social Security disability benefits through an appeals process.  The appeals process can seem daunting, so hiring an Ohio Social Security disability attorney is one way to put your mind at ease. 

When you receive your denial, you may be told that you are still able to continue to work in some capacity.  If you seek employment and find work, then the SSA will consider you ineligible for Social Security disability.  While this option is available for some, others are in no position to continue work and may have had their claim denied for lack of evidence.  It is important to contact an attorney to see what is best for your specific situation.  Social Security disability attorneys with experience in Ohio can help evaluate your claim and advise whether or not you are a candidate for the appeals process.

A denial of your Social Security claim isn’t the end of the fight. With an attorney to advocate on your behalf during the appeals process you have a much better chance of being fully prepared to deal with the Social Security disability appeals system.  Once you receive a notice that your claim has been denied, your next step is to file a request for reconsideration.  To request reconsideration you need to complete a series of documents available on the SSA website. The average request for consideration takes 45 minutes to complete, and must be submitted within a 60 day window. The problem with this process is the length of time that it will take for the SSA to review and rule on your reconsideration.  Rather than concern yourself over the appeals time, work with an attorney who will help you through the process and contact the SSA on your behalf to check on the status of your reconsideration.

The majority of those who apply for the reconsideration are denied, which is why having a Social Security disability attorney as an advocate when completing your request for reconsideration is so important.  Unless you have new medical information to present, the reconsideration will likely be denied.  This step is necessary though, as it is the only way to get your case heard before an administrative law judge.  Administrative law judges will only hear a Social Security disability appeal and rule on the merits of your case if requested.  The request process again can be challenging, as you will be asked to submit additional documents to the SSA.  A Social Security disability attorney understands the process and the steps needed to get your appeal to the administrative law judge.  Work with professionals who will stand up for your rights. 

Once you have your case in front of an administrative law judge, you must be prepared to present your case.  Make sure you have records of your injuries and the time spent away from work.  Bring medical records, expenses for hospital stays, and any therapy received for your disability to the administrative hearing.   Although the process does not require an attorney, those who have worked with attorneys during this process expressed a sense of relief that someone with experience was helping them with their appeals process.  Not only can the attorney effectively advocate for your rights, but they can also help to gather any records, which you may find difficult to acquire.  Ohio Social Security disability attorneys will understand the process and help guide you through the appeals with a respect for the system. 

The attorneys at Jones Law Group have significant experience working on Social Security disability appeals. We can help you with your case if SSA denies you benefits. Get in touch with our Columbus, Ohio Social Security disability appeals attorneys today if you would like to learn more about our legal services. Call (614) 545-9998 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with our team.


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