What Can I Do If My Disability Claim Is Denied?

Are you disabled and unable to work? Do you need Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits? You may not know that most people who apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are initially denied. However, it is important to remember that a denial does not mean you are not disabled, nor does it mean you will not eventually receive benefits ― it only means the process for seeking disability benefits will be more complex and take longer to complete than you expected.

In fact, you still have several legal options available if your initial application is denied. First, you can request a "reconsideration" of your claim, followed by an appeal/hearing before an administrative law judge if the reconsideration does not go your way. If you lose at your disability hearing, you can still request a review of your case before the Appeals Council. As a last option, you can file a lawsuit in U.S. District Court, where a federal judge will hear your case.

As you can imagine, this entire process can be quite complicated, which is why having a knowledgeable lawyer by your side can make a huge difference.

How Can Our Attorneys Help You?

At Duffield, Lovejoy, Stemple & Boggs, Attorneys at Law, our lawyers know what the Social Security Administration wants to see on applications and appeals. We give them the facts of your illness or injury in words that they understand.

Even though most people's claims are initially denied, when it happens to you, it is somehow different. When clients come to us after having their claims denied, they are often understandably angry. They are frustrated that they were unable to make the Social Security Administration understand their disability the first time. They feel wronged by the negative decision. They want someone who can tell their stories and obtain benefits for them ― and we can help you do that.

Our attorneys have years of experience telling the stories of our Social Security Disability clients. Moreover, we do all the work, lifting that burden from our clients' shoulders. We sit in the doctor's waiting room to get the paperwork. We photocopy the documents. We make sure that all bases are covered in our efforts to obtain the benefits our clients need and deserve.

You can afford a lawyer. Our attorneys do not charge any fees upfront to handle an appeal. Initial consultations are FREE, and clients pay only if we are successful in appealing the initial decision. The fees are taken from the award, so that there is no out-of-pocket expense. And the fees are set by the government, so clients know from the beginning what will be deducted from their benefits.

We're Here To Help You. Call Any Time, Day Or Night.

At Duffield, Lovejoy, Stemple & Boggs, Attorneys at Law, your disability is important to us, and you do not need to deal with it by yourself. For your FREE consultation, call us 24 hours a day at 304-521-4572 or toll free at 877-262-3376. You can even reach us online. While our office is in Huntington, we help disabled workers throughout West Virginia, eastern Kentucky and southern Ohio.