Appeals of Social Security Disability Application Decisions
Advocating for Your Right to Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies about 70 percent of initial Social Security disability applications. After facing life-changing challenges of a disability, being denied rightful, necessary funds can be a frustrating experience. The delay can result in substantial hardships for families already saddled with reduced income and increased expenses.
For almost 30 years, Mike Murburg, P.A. has practiced in disability claims throughout the United States. This means our law firm applies all of our substantial resources and knowledge to maximizing benefits recovery. Our Clearwater Social Security disability attorneys review your denial to determine what steps we need to take to answer the SSA’s questions. We develop a strong argument for approval backed by clear, convincing evidence. Our goal is to help you receive maximum benefits as soon as possible.
Do Not Delay in Filing Your Appeal
If you receive a denial or fewer benefits than you are entitled to, you must file your appeal to the SSA within 60 days from receipt of your decision letter. You forfeit your right to appeal if you miss this strict deadline and you may have to start the application process over again. We urge you to contact our office as soon as you receive a negative decision so we can advise you of your rights. Your claim evaluation is free, and we do not bill you until we have successfully recovered benefits on your behalf, so there is no risk in learning about your options.
Levels of Appeal
An appeal gives you the opportunity to answer questions posed by the SSA and to submit additional evidence to prove or clarify your claim. Our firm engages in every level of appeal to secure your right to disability benefits. We represent you at each of these appellate phases:
- Reconsideration — The first appellate phase, the SSA assigns a new person to review the original application and any new evidence you submit. Your personal appearance before a SSA officer is usually not, but may be, necessary.
- Administrative law judge hearing — If you disagree with the reconsideration decision, you are entitled to a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. The hearing is conducted at a location within 75 miles of your home or by video to best accommodate your disability. You are permitted to submit new evidence to the administrative law judge to clarify questions about your original application.
- Appeals Council review — The Appeal Council may make one of three decisions upon receipt of your request for a review: (1) deny the review request because the administrative law judge made the correct decision; (2) make a decision regarding your case after an Appeals Council review; (3) return the case to the administrative law judge for further review.
- Federal court review — As a last recourse, you can file a lawsuit in the federal district court.
Appeal an Incorrect Decision Made by SSA about Your Social Security Disability Benefits
Receiving a denial is frustrating, but the decision is usually not final. Mike Murburg, P.A. takes you step-by-step through the Social Security disability appeals process to reevaluate your case. Call the Social Security lawyers at our firm at (813) 264-5363 or contact us online to schedule your free case review. We do not charge you for attorneys’ fees or expenses unless we recover.