How Many Times Am I Going To Get Denied? | Tampa Social Security Disability Lawyer

Probably twice! Your initial disability application for Social Security benefits will probably get denied and you will have to file a Request For Reconsideration. Some people may call that an appeal but the proper Social Security jargon for the first “appeal” is a Request for Reconsideration.

More than 80% of all Requests for Reconsiderations are denied. That makes twice!

And, you need to appeal a second time by filing what is called a Request for a Hearing. A real live hearing in front of an Administrative Law Judge and not some disability determination clerk!

You can and, in my opinion, should have an experienced Social Security Disability attorney represent you at all stages-from the initial application, through the Request for Reconsideration and the Request for Hearing.

When you call a disability lawyer, you will be asked if you have been denied and how many times. That is short hand for trying to determine what stage of process you are at and what needs to be done next.

Remember that if you don’t appeal a denial timely you can lose valuable rights and have to start all over! You do not want to file a new application – you want to appeal by filing either a Request for Reconsideration or a Request for Hearing.

When you make that call have a copy of all correspondence you have gotten from Social Security in front of you. You can read what is says, if need be, so your lawyer can begin the correct appeal process. Don’t get confused! Appeal! And be sure to hire an experienced attorney such as Nancy Cavey or Sharon Barrett.

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