Appeal Your Denial to Get Your SSD Benefits
You spent time and effort collecting your medical records, filling out forms and talking to the Social Security Administration (SSA), hoping to qualify for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits.
It wasn’t easy, especially since you’re dealing with health problems. You can’t work, and you’re under stress.
Then at the end of this strenuous process, you received a crushing letter saying you were denied for benefits.
Thoughts race through your head: What am I going to do? How will I pay the bills? Where can I turn for help?
Have hope: You can appeal your Social Security Disability denial by requesting a reconsideration. Life-changing disability income could still be within your reach.
And you don’t have to do it alone. The Social Security Disability attorneys at Angelina Valle & Associates can help you in San Jose, Salinas and across the Bay Area.
We’re here to guide you through reconsideration, which is the first stage in the appeals process.
The Steps for the Reconsideration Phase of an SSD Appeal
If you’ve been denied for SSD benefits in San Jose, YOU HAVE 60 DAYS TO START YOUR APPEAL.
So don’t wait. Start the process as soon as you get your denial letter.
Here are some of the key parts of filing a reconsideration:
- Fill out a Request for Reconsideration form.
- Submit updated medical records (within 90 days).
- Fill any gaps in your information in your Social Security file.
- Add new information to your file.
- A different reviewer at Social Security will give your case another look.
Once you submit the form, the SSA will review your appeal and issue a new decision on whether you qualify.
Typically, you should receive a decision within four to eight weeks, though it could take longer when there are restrictions in place, such as for COVID-19.
If you’re wondering whether you have a case for reconsideration, an experienced Social Security Disability lawyer can help. You pay no attorney fee until you win benefits.
And you can start by getting a disability consultation at no cost to you.
Why Get Angelina Valle & Associates for Your Disability Appeal?
The SSA is notorious for denying SSD benefits, especially when you first apply.
But Angelina Valle & Associates is extremely experienced at fighting these denials.
When you work with Angelina Valle on your disability appeal, you get:
- Someone on your side in what can seem like an uncaring process.
- More than 32 years of experience backing you.
- Relief from the legwork of filling out forms and gathering evidence.
- Help meeting deadlines and avoiding costly mistakes.
- Help preparing for a hearing with a disability judge, if that’s what you need to do next.
Frankly, reconsiderations can be tough to win. But if you have a lawyer on your case, the next step in appealing may be your best chance: talking to a Social Security Disability administrative law judge.
Angelina can help you prepare to testify at your disability hearing and also cross-examine any medical or vocational experts who might testify about you.
One government study found that people with representatives at their hearings are almost three times more likely to get approved for benefits.
Let us help you counter your denial and give you another chance at winning the benefits you deserve.