posted on July 20, 2016
When you suffer from a health condition that impacts your ability to work, Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits can be the lifeline you need to provide for yourself and your loved ones and meet your monthly financial obligations.
Unfortunately, getting disability benefits can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Problems with proving the existence of your medical condition can lead to your claim being denied.
With that said, it is vitally important to never give up when you have a denied Social Security disability claim. You have options that allow you to continue seeking the benefits you believe you deserve.
According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), about 2,400,000 people filed SSD benefits applications in 2015. Only around 775,000 claims were approved.
If a Social Security disability claim is denied, you have two options available to you:
In Virginia, the SSA reviews benefits applications in partnership with Disability Determination Services (DDS), a division of the state’s Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services.
The DDS bases its decision on medical and psychological information and your training, education and work experience. While DDS aims to work with SSA to decide in a prompt and accurate manner, it is fairly common to have your decision delayed while more information is obtained or to have your claim denied as the result of missing or wrong information and clerical errors.
There are four good reasons why appealing your denied Social Security claim may be your best choice:
If your SSD benefits claim is denied, you need an aggressive attorney working on your behalf. Our SSD benefits attorneys at Marks & Harrison have the training and experience you need when going through the appeals process. We will ensure the proper documents are filed under SSA rules.
The Social Security disability appeals process comprises four levels:
If you or someone you care about is dealing with the frustration and financial impact of a denied SSD benefits claim, contact Marks & Harrison today. Our experienced Social Security disability attorneys can provide aggressive legal representation to help you in pursuing the disability benefits you may be entitled to receive.
With nine offices to serve you in Richmond and throughout the Virginia area, we can help you right away. Call or contact our office online today for a free consultation.
Joanna L. Suyes focuses her practice on Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims at Marks & Harrison. She belongs to the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) as well as the Social Security Sections of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association and the American Association for Justice. A native of Chesterfield County, Joanna earned her undergraduate degree from the College of William & Mary and her Master of Divinity degree from the Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond. She went on to earn her law degree from the University of Richmond School of Law, graduating cum laude. She is a member of several legal organizations who served as President of the Metro Richmond Women’s Bar Association in 2018.