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Social Security is a government program to provide financial support for the elderly or disabled. Over the course of your life, you pay a certain percentage of your income to the government in the form of social security taxes. After you retire or become disabled, the government sends you monthly payments based on how much you paid in social security taxes.

What Should I Do if I Have Been Denied Social Security Benefits?

  • If you apply for Social Security Disability Benefits and get denied, you must appeal within sixty (60) days from the date of the denial letter or your claim will be barred.  If you are denied, contact an attorney immediately to start your appeal.

The Social Security Administration will deny Social Security Benefits claims if they think you don’t qualify for them. If you believe you do, the first thing you should do is file an appeal. The social security administration has a complex appeal system, which may reverse the denial of benefits. Usually, a person denied benefits needs an attorney or representative to assist them with handling the appeal.  There are four parts to the appeal:

  • Reconsideration – Local Social Security Officers can review your claim. If they still deny benefits, then you can have an administrative law hearing.

  • Administrative Law Hearing – An Administrative Judge independently reviews your claim. If the judge denies your claim, you can appeal to the National Social Security Appeals Council.

  • National Social Security Appeals Council – This council will review your claim. Their ruling is final.

  • Sue the Social Security Administration – If you are not satisfied with the outcome of your appeal, you can sue the Social Security Administration in Federal court.

Do I Need an Attorney to Help Me with My Social Security Matter?

  • The laws that regulate social security are very complex and confusing. It isn’t always clear which benefits you are entitled to. We will help you understand which social security benefits you should be receiving. We will also help you if you need to appeal of social security benefits.  Contact us as soon as possible after you receive your denial letter.


Contact us to learn more about your social security disability options.