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SSDI Appeals Attorneys in Maryland Serving Clients Nationwide

Being denied Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can leave you feeling defeated and overwhelmed. It's not just about the financial support you're missing—it's about the recognition and validation of your struggles and the challenges you face every day. But here's the thing: a denial isn't the end of the road. There's a path forward through the appeals process.

At Gordon, Wolf & Carney, we've seen firsthand how challenging the application process for SSDI benefits can be. With over one hundred years of combined experience, our team is here to guide you through the appeals process, helping you turn obstacles into opportunities to fight for the benefits you deserve. 

What is an Appeal?

An appeal is more than just a formality—it's a chance to fight back. If the Social Security Administration (SSA) denies your initial claim, the appeal process allows you to request a reconsideration of your case. This is your opportunity to present additional evidence, clarify any misunderstandings, and address any errors that may have led to your claim's denial. It’s about making sure your voice is heard and your situation is understood fully. 

Our firm handles SSDI appeals claims for temporary or permanent disabilities. With an in-depth understanding of social security law, we take a compassionate approach to each case to prepare a compelling appeal on your behalf. Our goal is to ensure that every aspect of your appeal is handled with precision and care, maximizing your chances of overturning the initial denial and securing the SSDI benefits you need and deserve. 

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What is the Appeals Process?

The appeals process is a structured pathway designed to ensure fairness and a thorough review of your SSDI benefits claim. The SSDI appeals process consists of four main steps. If your initial application is denied, you have the right to pursue each of these steps in the following order: 

  1. Reconsideration: If your claim is denied, you can request that your application be reviewed again. A different reviewer from the SSA will examine your claim and any new evidence you provide. This step allows for the correction of possible oversights or the addition of new information that you might have missed in your initial application. 

  1. Hearing by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ): If reconsideration doesn’t result in approval, you can request a hearing. This will be in front of an administrative law judge who had no part in the original denial or the reconsideration process. At the hearing, you can present new evidence, clarify information, and have witnesses testify on your behalf. The ALJ will then make a decision based on the presented evidence and legal standards.

  2. Appeals Council Review: If the ALJ's decision is still not in your favor, the next step is to request a review by the Social Security Appeals Council. However, the Appeals Council may deny your request if it believes the hearing decision was in accordance with Social Security law. If the Appeals Council agrees to review your case, it may either decide your case itself or return it to an ALJ for further review. 

  1. Federal Court Review: If your claim is still denied, you can file a lawsuit in a federal district court. This legal action asks a federal judge to review your case. This step involves complex legal procedures and should be approached with the assistance of an experienced SSDI attorney. 

Each step in this process is governed by strict deadlines and procedural rules. Missing a deadline can mean losing your right to appeal. At Gordon, Wolf & Carney, we understand the importance of meeting the regulations of each phase in the appeals process and are committed to providing the necessary guidance and representation. 

How to Appeal a Denied SSDI Claim?

When you receive a denial letter, you have a relatively narrow window of time to initiate your appeal. Submitting an appeal requires strict adherence to SSA procedures and deadlines, and involves several crucial steps: 

  1. Review Your Denial Notice: Start by carefully reviewing the denial notice from the SSA. This document will provide the reasons for the denial and a deadline for filing your appeal, which is typically within 60 days of receiving your denial notice. 

  2. Gather Additional Evidence: Collect any new medical records, expert opinions, or personal testimonies that were not included in your initial application. This new evidence can enhance your appeal and showcase the extent of your disability and its impact on your ability to work. 

  3. Submit a Request for Reconsideration: Complete and submit a formal reconsideration request online, by mail, or in person at your local Social Security office. Be sure to include any additional evidence you’ve gathered that supports your claim. 

  4. Prepare for Your Hearing: If your request for reconsideration is denied, it is important to prepare for a hearing. This can include organizing your evidence, planning what you will say, and deciding who will testify. 

  5. Consider Legal Representation: Hiring an experienced SSDI attorney can significantly increase your chances of success. An attorney can help you present your evidence and, if necessary, represent you during the hearing. 

  6. Follow Through With All Deadlines: Meet all the deadlines for submitting documents and evidence throughout the appeals process. Missing a deadline can jeopardize your appeal. 

  7. Stay Organized: Keep copies of all the documents and correspondence related to your SSDI claim and appeal. Having a complete file can help you manage your appeal more efficiently. 

By following these steps and seeking professional guidance, you can effectively appeal a denied SSDI claim and increase your chances of receiving the benefits you need. Our seasoned attorneys will dive into the specifics of your case and help you identify the strongest strategies for appeal.  

What Sets Our Firm Apart? 

With over 100 years of combined legal experience, our team brings unparalleled knowledge and dedication to the table. But it’s not just our experience that sets us apart—it’s our passion. We’re driven by a commitment to justice, taking on even the most challenging cases with vigor and determination. Our personalized approach means we treat your case not just as a file number, but as a life-changing opportunity. We’re not just your attorneys; we’re your advocates, standing with you at every step of the appeals process. 

SSDI Appeals Attorneys in Maryland Serving Clients Nationwide

While being denied SSDI benefits can be disheartening, it’s far from the final word. With Gordon, Wolf & Carney, you’ve got a team ready to fight tirelessly for your rights, guiding you through the appeals process with expertise, compassion, and relentless dedication. Let’s turn that denial into an opportunity. Contact us today, and let’s start this journey together.