If you have suffered a disabling injury or illness and are unable to work for a living, you are very likely to be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits in Florida. Unfortunately, you are also very likely to be denied benefits when you first apply for them.
You should not give up on your SSD claim. There are several levels of appeal available to you and many reasons your appeal of a denied SSD claim can result in the reversal of a negative decision. You can and should appeal a denial, and you should do so with the assistance of an experienced Social Security benefits attorney.
In Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Holiday, New Port Richey, Tarpon Springs, Spring Hill, and surrounding areas of Florida, the Social Security Disability attorneys at Disparti Law Group, P.A., can help you fight the government for the benefits you deserve. Contact us today for a free initial consultation at 888-711-7920 or fill out our online contact form.
Why should you appeal a denial of SSD benefits? Because an appeal can be successful!
As of December 2012, the Social Security Administration was paying more than $1 billion a year in SSD benefits to 10.9 million people, including 8.8 million workers. The fact that millions of dollars of claims are awarded and paid every month proves that those who deserve benefits can get them. If you deserve benefits, you should have them.
Consider these reasons for an appeal:
At each level, you are allowed to present new evidence, which may include corrected or additional evidence in case your claim was denied for a technical reason, such as omission of a particular piece of information. The first level of appeal, Reconsideration, is a complete review of your claim by someone who did not take part in the first decision. The SSA looks at all the evidence you submitted with your original application, plus any new evidence you submit.
An experienced SSD attorney from the Disparti Law Group, P.A., can make sure your paperwork is complete and filed on time. There are deadlines at each level of appeals. We will work with you to gather medical and work records, and other evidence to support your claim. We can put you in touch with reputable doctors if medical evidence of your disability is incomplete. We will appear with you if there are hearings, and ensure your rights are protected.
Assistance with an SSD claim has “the potential to greatly expedite the disability determination process, while ensuring that the claimant receives the most informed determination possible at the initial claims stage,” the Board said.
You should also note that, while anyone may assist you with your SSD claim application, at the appeals level a non-attorney representative must have a bachelor’s degree, pass a background check and a written test, and have some form of liability insurance. An SSD benefits attorney is a licensed professional who adheres to established ethical standards, and who is already recognized by the Social Security Administration.
If your application for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits has been denied, you must request an appeal in writing within 60 days or forego financial assistance that you need. Call Disparti Law Group, P.A., toll free at 888-711-7920 or contact us online today for a free initial consultation about taking steps to appeal your claim denial.
If our Tampa, Florida Social Security Disability lawyers can pursue an appeal for you, we will work on a contingency-fee basis. That means we will only request pay for our services after you are awarded SSD benefits. Please contact us right away to ensure that you do not waive your right to compensation.