42+ Years of Serving The Disabled in Pennsylvania
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Trusted SSD Denial & Appeals Lawyers in Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia’s Trusted Source for Social Security Benefits Counsel & Care for the 42+ Years
The Social Security Administration has a reputation for denying people’s Social Security disability claim. If you apply on your own without the help of an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer, your chances of being denied are much higher. But even if the SSA denies the application, you still have options moving forward. This is where having on your side a Social Security disability lawyer is critical. Your financial security is critical and you are entitled to Social Security benefits.
Larry Pitt & Associates has represented the people of Philadelphia with a viable disability claim and handled Social Security disability appeals for over 40 years.
Our Philadelphia disability attorneys and professional legal staff have represented thousands of disability applicants from Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties in appeals hearings and in civil lawsuits. Our disability lawyers are experienced in disability law, disability denial, and the appeals council review. With our legal representation, we can present evidence after an initial denial during the reconsideration stage and help disabled individuals obtain the SSDI benefits they are entitled to under the law.
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Applying for Social Security disability benefits can be complicated. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we always review our clients’ applications before they are filed. We will review your application if you have been denied in your initial request for benefits, and help you through the appeals process. Please call 888-PITT-LAW or fill out our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. We are proud to serve clients throughout:
Going Before the Administrative Law Judge
If you live in Pennsylvania and have been denied Social Security Disability benefits in your initial application, your appeal begins with a hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge. You have 60 days to file an appeal; at 61 days or more, you must start the entire Social Security application process from the beginning.
Going in front of an Administrative Law Judge is not the same as going to trial – but we prepare our clients in similar ways. Your disability attorney will:
- Collect all the pertinent documentation, including your initial application
- Request any new medical records or medical documentation that has changed since you first applied
- Review your application with you
- Review typical questions you might be asked
- Represent you and your interests in front of the judge
The Social Security Disability appeals process can be slow and it can take time to schedule your appeal. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we do everything in our power to expedite the process for you, so that you can start collecting your Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits as quickly as possible.
Additional Steps for Appealing a Denial
Should the hearing not go in your favor, you have more options. We can represent you during either of the next two steps in the process:
- Submit a request to the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council can overturn the ALJ’s decision, remand your application back to the ALJ for further review, or deny your application. This part of the process can also take a very long time. If the Appeals Council denies your claim, we can evaluate your appeal and how to move forward.
- The civil lawsuit in federal district court. This step may not be in your best interest, and if it is better to simply file a new application for Social Security Disability benefits, our attorneys will advise you on the benefits of this option. If you wish to move forward with a lawsuit, we can represent you in federal court.
At Larry Pitt & Associates, we want what is best for our clients engaged in the disability claims process. We will never force you to appeal a decision if it is best to simply reapply, and we will never abandon you if you have been denied benefits from an earlier application. We know how to help residents of Pennsylvania obtain their SSD benefits, and we want to help you, too.
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Social Security Benefits FAQs
Yes, you can appeal Social Security Administration (SSA) decisions. The process begins with filing a “Request for Reconsideration”, during which time the SSA will review your case in its entirety and determine if the original decision should be overturned or amended. Once the reconsideration request has been received, an investigation and appeal process may begin that could involve an administrative law judge hearing and/or a review by a federal court. If you would like to appeal an SSA decision, please contact your local Social Security office for more information.
The amount of time it takes for the Social Security Administration (SSA) to process a disability appeal depends on several factors. Generally, the SSA will make its decision within 3-5 months after receiving your application and all the necessary evidence. However, in some cases, the process may take longer due to backlogs or other factors.
The chances of winning a Social Security Disability appeal depend on the specific circumstances of your case. Generally, it is best to have a strong medical history and evidence of disability before filing a disability appeal. Additionally, it is important to understand how the Social Security Administration evaluates disability claims so that you are better prepared for the appeals process. To increase your chances of success, you may want to consider consulting with an experienced attorney who is familiar with Social Security Disability laws and regulations.
The Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) reconsideration approval rate varies widely depending on the disability. Generally, it is estimated that about 25% to 35% of SSDI reconsiderations are approved.
Winning an SSI appeal can be difficult, but it is possible. To increase your chances of success, you should make sure that you are familiar with the evidence requirements and legal standards for appealing an SSI decision. You should also prepare a strong argument outlining why you feel that the original decision was wrong.
Additionally, it can be helpful to gather additional medical or financial evidence that supports your claim and/or enlist the help of a professional who specializes in Social Security law. By taking these steps and presenting a compelling case, you can increase your chances of winning an SSI appeal. It can also be helpful to hire an experienced Social Security attorney to evaluate your case and determine if you are eligible for benefits and the best course of action for filing. They can provide guidance on how to go about obtaining the necessary documents for the application process, as well as information about what types of resources may be available to help with any additional costs associated with the filing. Additionally, they can provide legal advice on any issues related to Social Security that may arise throughout the application process.
If Social Security Disability is denied, it is important to contact an attorney or legal advocate to assist with the appeal process. Your attorney or advocate can provide specific advice regarding any legal options available to you and how best to proceed in order to increase your chances for success.
At Larry Pitt & Associates, our attorneys specialize in Social Security Disability benefit appeals. We’d be happy to help you through the appeals process. Our attorneys understand the ins and outs of the SSD system, so we can provide valuable guidance on what kind of documents you need to submit, how to make a persuasive case for your claim and answer any questions you have along the way. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you with your Social Security appeals process.