Appealing Your Claim

What can you do if the Social Security Administration denies your claim for SSDI or SSI benefits? You have the right to appeal the decision.

At Musselwhite, Meinhart & Staples, our attorneys have experience helping individuals through the appeals process. We have more than 80 years of combined legal experience assisting clients in Radcliff, Elizabethtown and throughout north central Kentucky. Our goal is to help you obtain benefits to help you live your life.

The Appeals Process

If your claim is denied you will receive a letter from the SSA. Our lawyers will review this letter and help you file an appeal following the appropriate process to make sure your claim is reviewed right away.

In most cases, there are four levels of appealing a denied claim. The levels are:

  • Reconsideration: This is a complete review of your claim where all evidence is reviewed, including any new evidence. The review is made by a disability examiner with the Social Security Administration different from the original examiner.
  • Hearing with an administrative law judge: If you are denied after reconsideration you can ask for a hearing. The judge will question you and possibly other witnesses, along with reviewing the evidence, before making a decision on your appeal.
  • Review by the Appeals Council: You can ask for a review by the SSA's Appeals Council if you disagree with the decision by the administrative law judge. The Appeals Council may decide to review your case, or they could send it back to an administrative law judge for review, or they could deny a review of your case
  • Federal court review: You are able to file a lawsuit in a federal district court if you disagree with the Appeals Court decision or if they do not review your appeal.

It is very important to prevail at the hearing before an administrative law judge as appeals and federal court review are seldom successful.

SSDI and SSI benefits are vital for many individuals living with disabilities. We understand what you are going through and will guide you through this process with the care, honesty and compassion you deserve. We will immediately begin reviewing your records and your social security file to determine if your symptoms will support a finding of disability on your behalf.

We know how to review the criteria which the administrative law judge will use to evaluate your case. We will communicate with your doctors to ensure that the most up to date records are available to use before your hearing. And above all else we will be there with you throughout the process. You will understand the criteria which the administrative law judge uses and how your symptoms fit within that criteria. We will ensure that the judge understands your situation thoroughly.

Appeal Your Denied Claim. Contact Us For A Free Consultation.

Do not wait to speak with us if your claim was denied. We will evaluate your situation and help you file an appeal. We are available 24/7 and offer Saturday appointments. To schedule a free consultation, call 270-872-4537 or contact us online.