What Should I Do If My Social Security Disability Application is Denied?
Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be a long, stressful experience. If you’re applying for assistance from the Social Security Administration (SSA), you’ve likely been out of work for an extended period and are worrying about how you’ll make ends meet without additional help. Unfortunately, receiving that help can be a challenge. The SSA approves only 24% of all SSDI initial applications, so rejection at that first level is more likely than not. If your application for SSDI benefits has been denied, don’t give up hope but do consider hiring an attorney to assist you in appealing your denial.
After their initial application is denied, many applicants will abandon their existing application and try to file a brand new application rather than requesting an administrative hearing before a judge. Generally, those who request a hearing will have more luck in eventually obtaining benefits. The approval rate is approximately 65% among those who appeal to the next stage in the process.
One reason as to why applicants who pursue their appeal to the administrative hearing stage often have more success is that these applicants often hire attorneys to represent them at the hearing. Applicants are not required to be represented by an attorney at these hearings; however, having an attorney with expert knowledge of the law can ease anxiety for you and also substantially boost your chances of success.
If you are in the process of applying for SSDI benefits in Alabama after an injury or serious illness has made you unable to work, give yourself the best possible chances of approval by contacting the knowledgeable attorneys at The Dansby Law Firm for a consultation, at 334-834-7001.