What to Expect During Your Florida Social Security Disability Benefits Appeal

Filing for Social Security Benefits after an accident or injury can be a complicated and arduous process.  Interpreting the various SSA Regulations and researching whether your injury or claim meets the various requirements takes time and knowledge of disability law that leave most individuals feeling decidedly not up to the task.  To top it off, over 60% of Social Security Disability Benefits claims filed in Florida are denied after the initial review.

If your SSDI claim has been denied it’s important to know that you are entitled to legal representation that may be able to help.  While individuals can file appeals to denials with the SSA directly, an experienced disability lawyer knows the ins and outs of the claims and appeal process.  Submitting a complete appeal with detailed information that strictly adheres to the Social Security Administration’s guidelines increases your chances of a successful outcome.

The Initial Claim Denial

Filing an Appeal

Denial of Appeal and Next Steps

If both your initial appeal and motion for reconsideration have been denied, there’s still hope in continuing in the appeal process for your disability benefits claim.  After denial of your reconsideration appeal applicants may still request a disability hearing.  While approval rates are low for both the initial claims and appeal process, at the hearing level over 60% of claims are approved after adequate evidence is presented and arguments are heard.  At the hearing, an administrative law judge will review all the evidence, including prepared statements and will ask the applicant and other parties present detailed questions regarding their claim.

Don’t Give Up on Your Disability Claim

One of the biggest mistakes applicants for social security disability benefits can make is giving up on their claim after the initial denial of their benefits application or denial at the reconsideration level.  If claimants continue in the burdensome and lengthy process, positive outcomes are often achieved at the disability claims hearing.  The appeal and claims process can take a great deal of time to pursue.  Due to the backlog of cases at all levels of the disability claims system, it could be a year or more after the date of your initial impairment before your claim is finalized and benefits are granted.

Having a thorough, accurate and well documented claim submitted in the initial stages can help ensure the process proceeds as quickly and smoothly as possible.  At the Law Offices of Justin McMurray, P.A. our attorneys can help prepare your claim for disability benefits and will serve as your advocate throughout every stage of your claim.  Call today for a free consultation of your case and find out the difference made by having experienced legal counsel in your corner.


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