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 definitely stand a better chance of getting the benefits they need.

Why Was My Claim Denied?

Most claims are denied because the right information or documentation was not submitted, not because your disability isn’t covered. Social Security Disability covers a wide range of disabilities, 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. In many cases it will be necessary to request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ), which will take place at Social Security’s Office of Hearings Operations in Cincinnati, Dayton, or Lexington. The hearing gives you the opportunity for the first time to appear before the person who will actually be deciding your claim.

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. There is one further appeal available which is to the Social Security Administration’s Appeals Council. If your claim is denied at that level, you would have the opportunity to file suit against the Social Security Administration in U.S. District Court and our attorneys have handled many such court appeals.

We Are Ready To Help

No matter at what stage you find yourself, call us at 513-621-1652 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.


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