Making a claim for Social Security disability benefits can seem like an exercise in frustration. There are many requirements that you must meet, considerable documentation, and a lengthy processing time that can take months before a decision is reached. And after all of the headaches in preparing and submitting the claim, after all the waiting, the unfortunate fact is that there is a good chance that the Social Security Administration’s reply to you benefits claim will be, “No.”
If this happens to you, what should you do?
In our experience at Duffield, Lovejoy, Stemple & Boggs, which includes six decades’ worth of combined background with Social Security disability claims, we know that the one thing that you should not do is to give up if your initial claim is unsuccessful. An initially-denied benefits claim does not mean that the claim itself is fatally flawed, but rather presents an opportunity to make some better distinctions and to make full use of the built-in process for appeal of that denial.
Just as you are entitled to Social Security benefits that you qualify for, so too are you entitled to make full use of the reconsideration mechanism if your initial claim is unsuccessful. Indeed, the mechanism to appeal an initial claim rejection has an additional level even beyond a reconsideration if need be.
Some things are worth fighting for. And sometimes what you need to prevail in a claim dispute is someone who knows how to fight effectively. That is what we have done, and do for our clients when it comes to overcoming the hurdles that can stand between them and the disability benefits they properly seek.
We can help you with your initial disability benefits claim, as well as with any reconsideration that may be needed if as is so often the case your first claim attempt meets resistance. You can learn more about how we can assist by examining our website on the subject of Social Security disability claims, which also has contact information to arrange for an initial consultation with one of our attorneys.