What To Do When Your SSDI Or SSI Claim Is Denied

If you filed a claim for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) but then had your claim denied, do not give up hope. You can appeal the decision, but must do so quickly.

The attorneys at Crowley Ahlers & Roth will guide you through each step in the SSDI/SSI appeals process. Though the process can be lengthy and at times, stressful, we know that those who work with counsel often stand a better chance of getting the benefits they need.

Why Was My Claim Denied?

It is unfortunately quite common to have your request for SSDI or SSI benefits denied. Most claims are denied due to missing or incorrect information, not because your disability isn't covered. Social Security Disability covers a wide range of issues, both physical and psychological.

Our lawyers can help you gather the appropriate documentation to demonstrate how your condition interferes with your ability to work.

Requesting Reconsideration

If your initial SSDI/SSI application is denied, you must file a Request for Reconsideration. This form gives you the opportunity to explain why you believe your claim should be reconsidered. If you were denied for a medical reason, you must also submit a Disability Report.

Requesting A Hearing

It is also common to have your request for reconsideration denied. The majority of the cases we handle are. You must then request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), which will take place at Ohio's Office of Adjudication and Review in downtown Cincinnati. The hearing gives you the opportunity to present your claim before an actual person. The ALJ will question you about the claim, and may request testimony from medical experts.

While the process is administrative, it can feel adversarial, especially without a lawyer by your side. We can help you anticipate what the judge may ask you and will attend the hearing with you as your advocate.

Further Steps To Appeal

After the hearing, a decision will be mailed to you explaining whether benefits were granted or denied. A decision is mailed to you explaining whether benefits were granted or denied. If denied, you must then hire a new attorney and pursue the claim in U.S. District Court.

We Are Ready To Help

No matter at what stage you find yourself, call us at 513-549-4971 to schedule a free initial consultation with one of our skilled SSDI/SSI lawyers today. Successful claims often pay out retroactive to the onset of your disability, and we offer our services on a contingency-fee basis, so you do not need to worry about upfront costs.