Planning for retirement can be challenging even under optimum circumstances. For workers who become disabled, however, the process can be nerve wracking.
For example, in the event a worker is not able to obtain Social Security disability insurance payments, he or she might be forced to prematurely dip into savings and retirement benefits. That, in turn, might start a guessing game of when financial reserves might run out.
In previous posts, we've discussed the process by which a disabled worker can apply for SSDI benefits online, through the Social Security Administration's website. Before submitting an online application, however, our disability benefits law firm encourages a free consultation with us. A lawyer can evaluate the strengths of an individual's application, looking for weak spots where a disability examiner might find the medical evidence to be insufficient.
Because it is wise to submit the strongest possible application the first time around, there is every reason to work with our attorneys during the online application process. That assistance is provided without cost or obligation. Yet given the high rate of initial denials--over 60 percent--the odds are that an individual may need to utilize the SSA's administrative appeals process. Fortunately, an appeal can also be submitted online. Best of all, the online portal for submitting an appeal can be paused at any time, allowing an individual to gather the supplemental evidence that he or she will need to support the appeal.
Our law firm can help disabled workers at any stage of their SSDI appeal. Each level of appeal has its own strategic considerations. For example, in the reconsideration stage, a medical consultant and an examiner unconnected to the initial denial will do a complete review of the application. In a hearing with an administrative law judge, witnesses might be called. Our attorneys understand how to prepare for each stage. Call our toll free number at 1-866-886-0660 for help with your disability benefits appeal.
Source: New Haven Register, "How to appeal online if you're denied Social Security benefits," Oct. 18, 2016