Applying for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be tough. A denial might seem harsh and might feel even worse than the injury, especially if your medical condition is keeping you from being gainfully employed. Fortunately, there are ways to help convince the Social Security Administration of your plight. Parmele Law Firm, a St. Louis Social Security Disability law firm will be able to guide you through the long appeal process.
The first thing you have to do is to read your denial letter carefully to help you get a better grasp of the basis for the denial. Try to keep calm; don’t let your emotions get the best of you. Take the time to draft a response to the application, taking note of every reason for denial and your counter-arguments to the points raised in the letter. Your legal counsel can be very helpful in drafting the letter and making the appeal request sound more professional and less emotionally-charged.
The next thing you must do is contact the SSA Field Office in your community and seek a request for reconsideration of original claim. The staff will then mail you the necessary papers with instructions for sending them back with your response. The SSA will then review the request with assistance from a medical physician and a Disability Determination services examiner who was not involved in making the initial evaluation.
If the request for reconsideration is denied, you may opt to take your case to the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), which is part of the SSA Office of Hearings and Appeals. The ALJ will either overrule or uphold the lower-level decision. The Appeals Council is your next step if the ALJ denies the request, but success at this level is more difficult – it randomly chooses cases and may even dismiss your case unless it finds errors committed by the ALJ.
The last resort is seeking redress in a US District Court, where the strengths of Parmele Law Firm, a St. Louis Social Security Disability law firm will really come into play. The court will hear your case without a jury. Take note that the appeals process can be quite lengthy.
If you are determined to appeal your denied SSD application: be prepared, retain good legal counsel like Parmele Law Firm and keep a positive outlook.
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