SSI & SSDI Denial Lawyers in Los Angeles Helping Clients Appeal for the SSD Benefits They Deserve
Many people across the County of Los Angeles are unable to work because of a disability or new impairment. Thankfully there are government programs available from the Social Security Administration (SSA) that can provide monthly benefits to those with qualifying medical conditions. However, did you know that nearly 60-70% of all disability claims are initially denied by the SSA?
Most people who are denied either Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) take their denial letter as the final word and accept their fate.
But you don’t have to stop there. In fact, you really shouldn’t.
The percentage of claimants who are initially denied benefits may seem absurdly, unfairly high, and it is. But the appeals process exists for a reason. You may appeal the government’s decision to deny you the disability benefits that you desperately need in hopes that you can make your case of why your claim is deserving.
It must be noted that denial averages during the appeals process are also worryingly high. For this reason, among so many others, it is highly recommended that you seek out the legal representation of lawyers who are experienced in the practice areas surrounding disability law and Social Security.
At the law firm of Roeschke Law, LLC, our attorneys are dedicated to serving clients through the difficult government benefits application and appeals process. To learn more about the kind of legal help we could be able to offer you during this challenging situation, please contact our Los Angeles law offices to schedule a free case evaluation.
What Are Common Reasons for Receiving a Claim Benefit Denial Letter?
There is no solitary universal reason for disability claims being denied by the Social Security employee that reviews your case. There are a number of factors which may have come into play and, for this reason, it would be advisable to work with a lawyer from the very start of the initial application.
Common reasons for a denied application include:
- Your medical condition is not a qualifying disability.
- You delayed your application too long after suffering the disabling condition.
- You are still able to work and earn money despite your disability.
- You did not include medical evidence to prove the nature of your disabilities.
- You did not include letters or documents from your physician which support your claims.
- You have not been following your physician’s treatment plan.
- You make too much money to qualify for SSI.
- You do not have the proper work credits to qualify for SSDI.
- You did not provide the documents which were requested by the SSA.
How Long Do You Have to File an Appeal After Your Benefits Are Denied?
If your disability claim was denied, you have only a limited time in which you may decide to officially appeal the decision.
You must file for an appeal sometime within 60 days after the initial denial. Waiting any longer could result in losing the ability to appeal, forcing you to begin the application process all over again,
What Are the Four Levels of the Appeals Process?
After the initial application, hoping to receive Social Security benefits may opt to try the lengthy appeals process in hopes of seeing the decision overturned.
There are four levels to the SSA disability benefits appeals process:
- Reconsideration: The first option involves asking a different Social Security employee to review the disability claim. It is possible that this second set of eyes may approve what had previously been denied.
- ALJ hearing: An administrative law judge (ALJ) is an SSA employee who can review testimony and potentially offer a new judgment on your disability claim. Legal representation will be especially useful in this hearing.
- Appeals Council: The Appeals Council can review a denied claim. Not many claims are changed at this stage, but it is worth trying.
- Federal Court: The last option is to file a lawsuit in federal district court. If you have not hired a lawyer by this point, then you will have to when you enter litigation against the SSA. This option can be costly but may result in a favorable decision if all other attempts have failed.
How Could a Disability Lawyer Help You Through the Benefits Appeals Process?
With a lawyer at your side from the very beginning of the application process, it is possible that you may be able to better anticipate what objections the SSA might have and plan ahead to anticipate a potential denial letter. But even with an experienced disability attorney, many claims still end up being denied.
During appeals, it is especially important to hire lawyers who understand the complexities of government disability programs. The legal team of Roeschke Law, LLC has years of experience arguing on behalf of our clients in courtrooms to help them receive the benefits that they rightly deserve.
Contact the Law Firm of Roeschke Law to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Disability Attorney
If your disability claim has been denied by the SSA, you have a limited time to appeal in hopes of seeing the decision changed to your benefit. Do not waste time trying to figure out the labyrinthine appeals process that the SSA has set up. Instead, hire professional legal representatives who are well experienced with guiding clients through these situations in pursuit of favorable outcomes.
The SSDI and SSI denial attorneys of Roeschke Law, LLC provide knowledgeable legal services to clients in Los Angeles and across Southern California. We would be proud to assist you with these legal matters and help you get the benefits that you need and deserve.
To schedule a free case strategy session, please call our law offices at: 800-975-1866.