Social Security Disability Appeals Process

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) was created to provide financial assistance to those who are unable to work for at least one year due to sickness or injury. Sometimes SSDI advantages are short-term (at least one year), while other individuals collect for the remainder of their lives because their injury or condition is debilitating enough to keep them from working again. Social Security Disability law is challenging, and individuals are often declined the benefits of SSDI The application documents are difficult, and one error could mean your benefits will be denied.


Actual Social Security disability case:

J.M. verses the Social Security Administration

The gentleman in this case suffered a massive heart attack resulting in severe decrease in cardiac function. In addition he also suffered from depression. The gentleman attempted to gain disability benefits three times without success. The fourth time he hired a Social Security disability lawyer who was able to assist him in receiving the benefits plus a lump sum payment for benefits he should have received for the past 6 (yes, 6) years!

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The knowledgeable Social Security disability lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers have assisted Georgians to get the settlement they are entitled to following a devastating incident, injury or illness. Our lawyers can help you get the benefits you deserve if you have been seriously injured or are ill and cannot work.

As we have mentioned, the procedure of applying for SSDI benefits is not a simple one. There are several actions required, and each step must be followed explicitly within the timelines given in order to get the benefits for which you are eligible.

SSDI Level One

The First level of the five SSDI level-process is applying for Social Security disability benefits. At this level, you will be requested to complete the preliminary Social Security disability application, and in many circumstances, you will The Social Security disability application can be daunting.have to complete a specific "Activities of Daily Living Questionnaire." At this first level, there are a lot of documents to be filled out. This is where knowledgeable Social Security disability lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia come in. We are extremely well versed with these documents and can assist you in completing them to ensure completeness, that no mistakes are made and all due dates are met.

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), a physician must validate the medical details in your application and validate that your devastating situation will last at least 12 months. If you are imprecise in any way, or if you embellish your condition, your application will most likely be declined.

The preliminary disability determination during the first level of the procedure is created by the Disability Determination Services (DDS) in your state. As a resident of Georgia, the determination would be made in Georgia. DDS will review your medical documentation submitted, then organize further medical consultative exams if there are not enough details to determine eligibility in the program. In almost all cases, these consultations are paid for by the government. The DDS staff will collect and assess your paperwork to determine your level of disability and if you will receive benefits.

On average, Level One of the Social Security disability procedure may take three to six months. One office told us that their average time to approve or deny is 75 to 120 days after the applicant has submitted all of their paperwork.  Only 35% of Social Security disability applications are approved at the first level.

The SSDI legal professionals at The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers work hard to try to get you in the 35% that are approved first time. Please fill out the form on this page to request the Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers provide you with a FREE disability evaluation. The Cochran Firm Disability Lawyers maintains offices across the Nation staffed with Social Security disability lawyers. The Firm has an office in Atlanta, Georgia staffed with lawyers who live in or near Atlanta.

SSDI Level Two

There are several actions or "stages" engaged in the SSDI procedure and each one provides its exclusive set of difficulties. Your Social Security disability application can receive further reviewLevel two includes asking for reconsideration if your initial application has been declined. Since only 35% of initial applicants are provided with Social Security disability benefits, this second level will, most likely, involve you, too.

If you are declined SSDI advantages at the end of level one, you have the right to request an appeal. But you must file your appeal within 60 days of being declined. If you do not file your appeal within 60 days, your application for Social Security disability benefits will most likely not be reconsidered.

At the second level, the information provided by the doctors as well as your work history and current work ability can be reviewed and modified, if necessary. At the SSDI second level, a different Social Security Administration (SSA) consultant looks over your application. This provides an additional layer of opportunity for your application to receive approval. The SSA will deliver to you a description of how it created its decision regarding your SSDI application.

Level two can take as long as five months, and at this level, just about 87% of first applicants are declined. With a fact like that, you can see why it’s so very important to have a knowledgeable Social Security disability lawyer helping you, especially a local Atlanta, Georgia Social Security disability lawyer.

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