My SSD Claim Was Denied
Most people who file for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits by themselves learn a difficult lesson: Despite their hard work, effort and documentation, their initial claims are rejected.
This is not unusual. More than 50 percent of SSDI claims are rejected on the first try. Why? Typically, the filer did not have adequate proof of a qualifying medical condition or because the application contained errors.
If your SSDI claim has been denied, you need a skilled advocate to guide you through the next steps. Our Birmingham Social Security Disability Insurance attorney, John M. Pennington, has more than 25 years of experience handling Social Security Disability Insurance cases. He has represented thousands of Social Security Disability Insurance claimants in Alabama and across the southeastern United States. He can help you get the benefits you are counting on.
Those who work with a qualified SSDI lawyer often obtain the benefits they need. While we cannot guarantee results, we can guarantee that you’ll receive an honest appraisal of your situation and dedicated representation if we believe you have a chance.
Guiding You Through The SSDI Appeals Process
We have the resources and ability to guide you through each of the following steps:
- Reconsideration (in states other than Alabama): As the first step to appealing a denied SSDI claim, we will resubmit your claim for reconsideration by the Social Security Administration (SSA).
- Formal administrative hearing: If your claim is still denied, Mr. Pennington will represent you in a formal hearing before an administrative law judge.
- Appeal before the SSA Appeals Council: Claims that are denied at the administrative hearing can be taken before the SSA Appeals Council. This is the final administrative step for those seeking SSDI benefits.
- Federal court: We can file a civil claim in federal court if the judge’s findings were not supported by substantial evidence or the judge failed to apply the correct legal standards.
In each of the stages above, we will assemble the evidence needed to support your case such as gathering statements from physicians regarding your condition and how it relates to work activity. With a background in medicine, Mr. Pennington has the insight to scrutinize the medical evidence involved and successfully cross-examine expert witnesses who may be called in to defend the SSA’s position.
Contact Us For A Free Initial Consultation
Our ability to get benefits for people has earned us a reputation for success when it comes to appealing denied disability benefits. Contact our lawyer at (205)314-5735 to find out how we can help you.