You've sustained a debilitating injury, or are struggling with a life-long disability that affects your ability to provide for yourself and your family. You file for Social Security Insurance benefits - and are denied. It's common to feel angry, scared, or at an impasse in such a situation. What are your options? How can you get your rightful benefits?
Unfortunately, Social Security Disability claims are regularly denied on first application. This can be due to improperly filled-out or filed paperwork, lack of proper medical documentation, failure to properly list all medical treatment, improperly stated income, missed deadlines, and a number of other circumstances. The Division of Disability Determinations (DDD) evaluates all disability claims, and errors are common during this stage of the process. If your claim is denied, you will receive documentation that lists the reason for denial and given a chance to appeal.
Unfortunately, far too many disability claimants give up once their Social Security Disability Insurance is denied. They don't realize that denials are extremely common, so they leave the issue behind and don't pursue it further. Luckily, there is hope for those whose SSI or SSD benefits have been denied. Every denied claimant is offered the opportunity to appeal their claim.
Social Security Insurance appeals should be filed as soon as possible after the denial is received, even if you are not sure how to proceed. The appeals process is limited to a 60-day initiation period - if you miss the 60-day limit, you must start the process from square one. To file an appeal, you must submit a Request for Reconsideration within 60 days of your denial, a step which opens up the appeals process. Unfortunately, most Requests for Reconsideration are denied, too - but if you are denied on Reconsideration, you can apply for a hearing before an administrative law judge and continue the appeals process.
Statistics show that individuals who hire an experienced New York Social Security Disability attorney are far more likely to prevail on appeal or get their application accepted the first time around. If you're in a position to ask for legal help, do so - don't "go it alone" in a system you're not qualified to deal with.
The experienced New York SSI denial lawyers of Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP have a proven track record with denied Social Security Disability claims. We'd like to help you - just call (212) 986-7353 today for a free consultation and more information from a Social Security lawyer.