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Many, if not most, of Social Security Disability (SSD) claims are routinely denied the first time. Unfortunately, the majority of claimants simply accept the denial and give up – without appealing. At Geoff McDonald & Associates, we urge you not to give up!
The chances of getting SSD benefits approved increases drastically for those who take the time to appeal – especially when your claim is heard before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) – an official who presides at an administrative trial-type hearing to resolve a dispute between a government agency and someone affected by a decision of that agency. If your legitimate SSD benefits claim has been denied, it’s important to do two things – 1) understand how the appeals process works, and 2) don’t give up.
There are four levels of appeal, 1) a request for reconsideration, 2) a request for a hearing in front of an ALJ, 3) a request for appeal by the Social Security Appeals Council, and 4) filing a lawsuit to appeal the Council’s decision in federal court.
The Appeals Council will review the ALJ’s decision along with your entire case file and any additional evidence that you submit. The Council will look to see if the ALJ committed any legal or procedural errors and whether all of the evidence was properly considered. After reviewing the case file and evidence, the Council can, 1) deny your request for review, 2) remand (send back) to the ALJ for a new decision or 3) overturn the ALJ’s decision and award you disability benefits.
Appealing a Social Security Disability claim denial can be overwhelming. If you’ve been denied SSD benefits, do not give up – without calling Geoff first. The experienced and aggressive Virginia disability attorneys at Geoff McDonald & Associates understand how frustrating it can be to get that first denial in the mail and trying to overcome the fears of an appeals process that can seem like an uphill battle. However, we know how the process works – from beginning to end – and may be able to help you increase your chances of getting the benefits you and your family deserve.
For over 20 years, we’ve been helping Virginians in the Eastern Shore, Hampton Roads, Chesapeake Bay, Northern Virginia, Central Virginia, Southern Virginia, Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge Highlands and the Heart of Appalachia areas get the benefits they deserve.
Our personal injury lawyers are available to help 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and we have the No Fee Guarantee®, meaning you don’t owe us a legal fee unless we win or settle your case.