Steps to Take if Your Social Security Disability Benefits Were Denied

May 4, 2015

We recently heard someone say it is easier to win a Super Bowl than it is to get Social Secuirty disability benefits. That might be true – if you apply for your benefits on your own without the help of an experienced lawyer. But what do you do if your benefits have been denied? What are your next steps?

At Larry Pitt & Associates, we believe that having the right information can help you make the right moves after your applications for Social Security Disability benefits was denied. These are the steps you should take:

  1. Call us immediately. If your first application was denied, you should come see us right away. Time is of the essence, and you only have 60 days to file an appeal or you will have to start the application process over again from the beginning.
  2. Appeal your case in front of an Administrative Law Judge. This s the next step in the appeals Our Social Security Disability attorneys will represent you in the hearing, which is a bit like a trial in that we present evidence to a judge who makes a ruling, but is not actually a trial at all.
  3. Continue to visit your doctor for health updates. Make sure you continue to follow whatever regimen of mediation and/or therapy your doctor has prescribed. You will probably not be granted benefits if you do not follow your doctor’s orders. If your condition changes while you are waiting to find out the date of your hearing, make sure to bring us all of that updated information so we can submit it to the proper department.
  4. Go to the Appeals Council. If the ALJ does not grant you benefits, we can submit your case to the Appeals Council. The Council may overturn the ruling, agree with the ruling or send your case back to the ALJ. If the Council denies your claim, we can talk about filing a lawsuit.

Most of the time SSD benefits are denied because of a small error on the initial application. At Larry Pitt & Associates, we review every application very closely and carefully. We will also review your initial application to see why you were denied, to ensure that this time your application will be right.

If you wish to appeal the denial of your benefits, contact one of our six offices serving clients throughout Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.