“Why was my application for disability benefits denied?” In my 21 years experience representing Social Security disability applicants, I have been asked that question many times. It is a difficult question to answer because there are so many possible reasons for the denial of an initial disability application. A better question to ask upon receiving a denial letter might be: “What should I do now?” The answer to this question is easy: If you have a physical or mental impairment that prevents you from working, then you should appeal. The Social Security system favors the persistent. Most initial applications are denied, but more than half of the applicants who take their case to a hearing before an administrative law judge are awarded benefits. A denial letter should not be the final word on your claim.How does the appeals process work?
There are three ways to appeal a denial of Social Security disability benefits: in person, by phone, or online. To appeal in person or by phone, call the Social Security Administration’s toll-free number (800-772-1213) and schedule an appointment. To apply online, go to https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iAppeals/ap001.jsp and follow the directions.
If you are contemplating filing your appeal on your own, you will want to learn as much as possible about the appeals process and the factors the Social Security Administration considers in making a disability determination.How can an experienced Social Security disability lawyer help my case?
The Social Security rules and regulations are complicated. While it is possible to navigate the appeals process alone, your chances of success will be greater if you rely on an experienced disability lawyer to help you present your most persuasive case.
I take a personal interest in all my clients. I offer my help and counsel in the following ways:
- I will spend the time necessary to help you understand the disability appeals process and prepare you for your hearing;
- I will appear with you and represent you at your hearing;
- I will request and develop medical evidence from your doctors, using impairment-specific questionnaires.
If your application for Social Security disability benefits has been denied, and you would like me to review your claim, contact me directly by phone or fax.
I wish you success.
Foster Disability Law
1401 Hudson Lane
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone (318) 512-9128
Fax (318) 600-6082