If you have filed for Social Security Disability benefits then received a denial of your application, you might be feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. For many individuals, receipt of SSD benefits would have a significant positive impact on your daily life. If your SSD claim has been denied, it is important for you to know that many claims are denied the first time around, but applicants are still able to successfully appeal the decision and start receiving benefits. NOTE: The following content is for informational purposes only and you should not rely on the information contained in this article without speaking to a knowledgeable social security disability attorney.
At Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, many Georgia clients consult with us following the denial of their SSD application. We offer experienced assistance in appealing the denial of your SSD claim. Our firm carefully assesses your case and will advise you as to your legal rights, which will often include filing an appeal.
Do Not Reapply for Benefits, You Must Appeal
The majority of all disability claims that are denied are never appealed. Those who receive a denial will often give up on the process or might even file a new claim, which is not the correct procedure. Failure to timely file an appeal or filing a new claim rather than appealing will result in the loss of your right to appeal. If you forfeit your right to appeal, you will need to start the process all over again, which could cost you considerable time and money. Simply filing another claim is unlikely to have a favorable result and will most often end in another denial. As such, consult with an attorney as soon as you receive your denial so your appeal process can begin.
Steps to Take Following Your Denial
You will need to act fast as soon as you have received your notice of denial and you will usually have only 60 days to request an appeal from your denial, leaving you with little time to waste. If you did not use an attorney to file your initial claim, now is the time to consult with one. Your SSD attorney will be able to file the notice of appeal and begin to prepare your claim for the at times complex appeals process. If an attorney did assist you with the initial claim, contact them as soon as you receive notice of the denial so that they can take necessary steps to protect your rights.
Be aware of the 60 day deadline (downloads a PDF document from SSA.Gov) and if you do not have the help of an attorney, be sure you carefully follow the steps to request an appeal in order to preserve your appellate rights. However, you should seriously consider obtaining an attorney for the process.
The Appeals Process
The appeals process is multi-faceted and you will have multiple avenues to appeal your denial in Georgia. You can, at different junctures, request a hearing. Though the process is complex, you will have multiple chances to put your case before a different panel.
Call Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law to Discuss Your Legal Rights and the Social Security Disability Appeals Process
It can be discouraging to have your SSD claim denied, but rest assured you do have options. The Georgia Social Security Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law will assist you in appeals from SSD claim denials. Our dedicated law firm provides professional assistance to those needing help with any social security matter across Georgia. We have over 39 years of legal experience and will fight to see that you obtain the benefits to which you are entitled. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.