The Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits lawyers of Marks & Harrison know how frustrating it can be when the Social Security Administration denies your claim for disability benefits. However, don’t give up hope. You can still fight for the benefits you deserve by filing an appeal. We will work closely with you to get through the appeals process.
Attorney Joanna L. Suyes, a member of the National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives, leads our experienced and highly dedicated SSD benefits team. We know the important role that disability benefits play in our clients’ lives. You can count on us to work diligently and aggressively for you.
You must act immediately in order to preserve your right to appeal a denied SSD benefits claim. So, don’t wait to get started. Call or reach us online today and receive a free consultation about your case through our Richmond office or any of our eight other offices located throughout Virginia.
To appeal your denied SSD benefits claim, you need to know the reason for the denial. You can start by looking at the letter you received from the Social Security Administration (SSA), or Notice of Disapproved Claim. The letter should state the reasons for the denial. You should bring this letter to your initial consultation with your SSD benefits attorney at Marks & Harrison.
In Virginia, the SSA reviews benefits applications in partnership with Disability Determination Services (DDS), which is a division of the state’s Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services.
Common reasons why the SSA and DDS deny benefits claims are:
Your lawyer from Marks & Harrison can review the Notice of Disapproved Claim that you received in the mail and determine why the SSA denied your claim. We can then discuss the strategy for appealing the denial.
Pay attention to the denial date listed on the Notice of Disapproved Claim. You will have 60 days from that date to file a request for reconsideration, which is the first step you must take in the SSD appeals process in Virginia. (Virginia, unlike several other states, has not eliminated the reconsideration stage in the appeals process.) Marks & Harrison can help you to file this notice in a timely manner.
As you move forward with your SSD benefits claim appeal in Virginia, your case could go through four levels of appeal:
At times, the SSD appeals process can seem confusing and frustrating. However, your attorney will work hard to move your appeal along as efficiently as possible, keep you regularly updated about your case’s progress and always answer your questions and address your concerns. Additionally, at Marks & Harrison, we will charge no fees for handling your appeal unless we secure benefits for you.
If the SSA denies your claim for SSD benefits, don’t give up hope or stop fighting. Get help from Marks & Harrison. We know how important these benefits are for you and your family. We will work hard for you, carefully navigate your claim through the appeals process and aggressively pursue the disability benefits that you deserve.
To learn more about SSD benefits appeals and the assistance we can provide, contact us today. We will review your case in a free consultation through one of our nine Virginia offices.