The Next Step: What To Do When You've Been Denied Social Security Benefits

Everyday, numerous Americans have to deal with the disappointment of being denied their social security disability benefits. After working hard to complete their initial paperwork, and then being denied, it can seem like too much work to continue with an appeal. But there is hope for those that continue on with the appeals process, as long as they have the help of a social security attorney

Ways An Attorney Can Help

There are multiple ways that an experienced attorney can help you get your benefits, even when you have been initially denied. The attorney works as a liaison between you and your caseworker. This means they will:

Make Phone Calls

It can be difficult to know what to say when speaking to someone that is looking for specific information. After the initial denial, you can feel frustrated and even a little angry. This makes it hard to talk on the phone to a faceless stranger that wants to know a bunch of details about your life. Your attorney can give them the info they need and can also coach you with talking points to help you through important phone calls. 

Request Medical Records

Once again, contacting hospitals and doctor's offices over the phone when you need important medical records can be a difficult process. They may not give you what you need at first, especially if you do not know how to ask for it. But an experienced attorney can request those records on your behalf, eliminating the need for you to go through this tedious process. 

Handle Appointments

During the appeals process, your case worker may need more medical information to effectively evaluate your claim. For you, this could mean extra visits to a doctor of their choice. When you hire an attorney, they can work with your caseworker to set appointments for you. Because they receive a copy of all communications between you and social security disability (SSD), they can also easily remind you of appointments to make sure you do not miss any important dates.

After the Appeals Process

If your appeal is approved, your attorney will be able to outline payments and make sure you receive any back pay owed to you. If you are denied for a second time, your attorney can work to request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge. From there, they will work to gather more information about your case, and take your claim to court, in order to get your benefits.