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What to Do if Your Social Security Disability Claim is Denied

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Waukesha Social Security Benefits Lawyer

When you become injured or disabled and are unable to work, it can put tremendous stress on you and your family. Fortunately, the United States government has programs in place to help those who cannot work due to short- or long-term disability. 

One example is the Social Security disability insurance benefits program. This is designed to help individuals who previously worked but developed a medical condition or injury that limits their ability to work. You can apply for disability benefits to be paid to you and certain members of your family. Unfortunately, many people who submit Social Security benefit applications are unfairly denied. If you get a denial on your Social Security benefits claim, there are steps you can take, and with the help of a disability claims lawyer, there is a good chance you can get the decision reversed.

Fill Out a Social Security Appeal Form

The first step to take in fighting your Social Security disability denial is to complete and submit an appeal form. Your appeal must be requested within 60 days of receiving your denial and you must submit the appeal in writing. You can either do this the old-fashioned way and mail the appeal form, or you can file it online, which is the quickest way to get it processed. 

Do Not Reapply for Social Security Benefits

One mistake some people make after receiving Social Security benefit denial notification is submitting an entirely new application. Chances are, your application will be denied again, especially if you do not have any new information to include with the new application. If your second application is denied, you will have to go through the appeals process anyway. 

Attend a Social Security Disability Hearing

The first step in the appeals process is a reconsideration of your application. This is conducted by a Social Security Administration employee who was not involved in the initial determination. Whoever is assigned to your reconsideration will look at all information submitted with your first application and any new evidence you submit. You will likely proceed to the second phase of the appeal process, which is the disability hearing. This hearing is conducted by an administrative law judge who will examine your evidence, and hear why you disagree with your denial and from any witnesses you may have.

Contact an Experienced Waukesha County Social Security Disability Attorney

To get the ruling you need after an initial denial for Social Security benefits, get in touch with a Waukesha, WI Social Security disability lawyer. At the Bucher Law Group, LLC, we are well-versed in the Social Security disability appeals process and can help with all required paperwork and each crucial step. Contact our office today to find out how we can help with your appeal. Call 262-303-4916 to set up a free consultation.

Sources:

https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10041.pdf

https://www.disabilitybenefitscenter.org/how-to/appeal-social-security-disability-denial

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