If you recently received a denial letter for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, you are not alone. In fact, most people who apply for SSI benefits are denied on their first attempt. While you can file an appeal and request that your claim be reconsidered, it may be difficult if you’re unfamiliar with the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) rules and procedures.
You can greatly improve your odds of successfully navigating the appellate process by retaining a Gwinnett SSI appeals lawyer. A qualified Social Security disability representative from our firm can provide crucial guidance on the appeals process, the evidence you may need to present to the SSA, and your options in the event of a subsequent denial of benefits.
The most common reason for SSI claim denials in our area is a failure to provide enough information about a condition and income in an initial application. You must prove that your condition satisfies the SSA’s definition of disability and meet very strict income restrictions in order to qualify for benefits. If the SSA cannot confirm whether you meet these criteria, the agency will reject your application.
Otherwise, many SSI claims are rejected on the basis of an applicant’s failure to adhere to their doctor’s instructions for treatment and follow instructions from SSA representatives. Some denials can be attributed to the filing of a new application in response to previous rejections rather than pursuing a formal appeal. An experienced attorney in our area can help you identify the issues with your application and submit an SSI appeal through the proper channels.
There are four stages to the SSI appeals process in Gwinnett, each of which must be taken in order. The first option is a reconsideration, which is a complete re-examination of an application by SSA staff members who were not part of the initial decision. This process can include a review of both previously submitted information as well as any new evidence you choose to provide.
If this reconsideration does not result in an award of benefits, you can request a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ). The ALJ is responsible for examining previously submitted evidence and new information as well as interviewing expert witnesses. A Gwinnett SSI appeals attorney can be present during this hearing and help the applicant make their case for benefits.
Following a rejection by the ALJ, you can advance your case to the Social Security Appeals Council, which will either second the ALJ’s decision, send the case back to the ALJ for further review, or make their own ruling. If this still does not yield a favorable outcome, the very last option for appealing an SSI claim denial is filing a lawsuit in federal District Court.
Having an application for SSI benefits rejected doesn’t mean you are not eligible to receive financial assistance from the Social Security Administration. In many situations, it simply means that you need to add more information about your disability to your claim, or that there was a mix-up during the processing of your application.
To get this decision reversed, however, you will need to proceed through the SSA’s appellate process, which can be challenging without professional legal assistance. Get in touch with our intake team today and find out how a Gwinnett SSI appeals lawyer could help you pursue benefits.
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With offices in Alpharetta, Atlanta and Marietta, we provide legal assistance to people throughout Georgia and the Southeast in all matters of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
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