I've Been Denied Disability Benefits. What Is My Next Step?
When you apply for disability benefits, it takes a long time to hear a decision. And if you're denied disability benefits, it takes a long time to appeal. You're out of work for months, maybe
years at this point. How will you pay for medical treatment during thistime? What about other necessities?
When a claimant successfully appeals their denied disability claim, they may be awarded 'past' or 'back' benefits in addition to those they will receive in the future. These benefits are not automatic and the amount is affected by the date of determined disability. However, these benefits can help you if you're injured and unable to work or earn your previous income. Contact an experienced disability attorney to discuss your specific situation and legal needs.
How Do I Appeal Denied Disability Benefits?
A disability claims attorney can help you from the very beginning of your appeal. The first step is to file a request for reconsideration. Many people find it difficult to get approved at this stage, so they may have to go on to a hearing. Each level of the appeals process requires a claimant to show more proof of their disability and work history. This means that medical records, expert testimony, and an extensive work history is taken into consideration.
At the hearing, a judge can assess this information in person. An attorney can help you develop a complete picture of your disability and how it affects your life for the judge. The chances of being approved are much higher at this stage in the process. If you're approved, the judge may award back benefits in addition to the disability benefits you'll receive in the future.
What Determines the Amount of Back Benefits a Person Receives?
The amount of back disability benefits you receive depends on the length of time that the SSA considers you to be disabled. Even if you win back benefits, you may not agree with the length of time the SSA says you've been injured or sick and unable to work due to that condition.
Although winning back benefits can be a big help, you still may not get the most money you're entitled to for your disability. You can appeal the decision on your back benefits with the help of an experienced attorney. The disability attorneys at the Coye Law Firm can help you get benefits and determine whether or not appealing back benefits is worth the wait.
The expert disability attorneys at Coye Law Firm are experienced with Florida, New York, Michigan, and District of Columbia law and are here to help the disabled.