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
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
Security disability application, and in many circumstances, you will
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
SSDI Level Two
There are several actions or
"stages" engaged in the SSDI procedure and each one provides
its exclusive set of difficulties.
Level 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
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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