Strategies for Appealing a Denial of Social Security Disability Benefits

The process of applying for Supplemental Security Insurance (SSI) can be time-consuming and challenging. Appealing for SSI can be even more difficult and is best done with the assistance of an attorney. If you qualify for SSI, here is how SSI lawyers make the application and appeal process easier for you. 

Free Consultations

Being able to discuss your case with an attorney’s office and talk about your needs for applying or appealing an SSI claim is an important first step. You want to understand if you potentially meet the criteria required to qualify for disability benefits. A free consultation gives you the opportunity to ask any questions you have and get advice on how to best move forward. 

Application Guidance

The SSI application process is lengthy and can be confusing for those who aren’t familiar with the Social Security Administration’s systems and processes. There are risks associated with applying for SSI on your own and if you miss a step or don’t include important information, you may be denied and have to appeal. SSI lawyers know the ins and outs of the SSA as well as the financial parameters that someone must meet to qualify. 

Gathering Documentation

One of the reasons applying for SSI is so challenging is the amount of documentation that is required for a complete application. SSI lawyers know specifically what documents the SSA will need, and they can assist you in including them in the application correctly. They may also request medical source statements from your doctors as additional evidence. The chances of your case being approved decrease when there are missing pieces of information or when incomplete answers are given. Having the help of an attorney in gathering documentation could mean the difference between getting approved or denied. 

Hearing Preparation

If your case is denied at the reconsideration level, you will need to prepare for an SSI hearing. Having an attorney by your side to prepare you and attend the hearing will not only ease your mind, but will increase your chances of approval. It is very important that all evidence is submitted correctly and with enough time before the date of the hearing. An attorney knows how to review the evidence and represent the case. 

During the Hearing

Your SSI lawyer will be with you during your hearing for support as well as cross-examining vocational experts. This can help strengthen your case to help everyone understand your condition fully and present evidence clearly. 

Appeal Guidance 

In the event that you have previously been denied SSI and need to appeal, SSI lawyers are very experienced in the appeal process. Statistics show that you are more likely to have a successful appeal if you are represented by an attorney. They can help you gather the information that may have been missing and help make a strong case for your future approval. 

Get Help Applying or Appealing for SSI with the Law Office of Karen Kraus Bill

The SSI lawyers at the Law Offices of Karen Kraus Bill have filed hundreds of SSI applications and helped many clients appeal if they’ve previously been denied. Throughout the entire process, they communicate with the SSA on your behalf. Please reach out to schedule a free consultation to see how the Law Offices of Karen Kraus Bill can help.