What If I Have Been Denied Benefits in Austin?
Disability Lawyer in Austin
Social Security Disability is a federal program that is intended to provide benefits to workers and their families if the worker meets the federal government’s definition of “disabled” and meets all other program eligibility requirements. The program includes both Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).
Getting an application for SSD benefits approved is often a long and complicated process, and most applications are initially rejected. If you have applied for SSD benefits and your application has been denied, do not panic. You are hardly alone. The Texas SSD benefits attorneys at The Bob Richardson Law Firm understand your frustration and concern, and we are here to help.
For over 30 years, the SSD attorneys at The Bob Richardson Law Firm have been helping people in Austin, Waco and the surrounding areas get the SSD benefits they deserve. Would you like a free evaluation of your Social Security Disability claim? Contact our firm toll free at 877-923-4323 or use our online contact form.
SSD Claim Denied? You Are Not Alone
For a worker and his or her family, a disability can be physically, emotionally and financially draining. For the individual who is disabled, it can be very difficult to focus on managing the injury or illness when concerns about the family’s financial situation are never far away.
Although you may be frustrated at receiving a denial of your application, do not give up or lose hope. For starters, you should realize that many people like you have also received rejection notices but went on to recover the disability benefits they deserve through the SSD appeals process.
According to figures released by the Social Security Administration (SSA), less than 30 percent of all initial SSD applications across the country are approved based on the initial application alone. That means that you stood a less than 3-in-10 chance of having your initial application approved. In addition, the percentage of initial applications approved by the SSA has steadily declined over the last 10 years.
The good news, however, is that an additional 3 percent of the applications are approved at the reconsideration level, and another 13 percent are approved at the hearing level, on average. Some initially denied applications are approved once the case reaches federal court. Overall, nearly half of all SSD applications are ultimately approved, according to SSA statistics.
Seek Professional Help from a Qualified Texas SSD Lawyer
Since the majority of applications for SSD benefits are initially denied but many denied claimants go on to recover benefits, you should seek legal help to appeal your denial. While it would be nice if the SSD application process were user friendly, the reality is that it is not.
Over 25 percent of all initial denials are based on technicalities, meaning that an error was made in the application process itself. It may be that a form was missing, that information was incomplete or that the applicant did not follow up on a request for additional documentation. The sheer volume of information required to complete an SSD application can lead to a denial.
An almost equal number of applications are denied on medical grounds. Although you may clearly be disabled, you must convince the SSA that you meet its definition of “disabled.” To do this, you may need the assistance of an SSD attorney who is familiar with both the rules and the procedures for getting an SSD application approved.
How Can an Attorney Help Me?
Can I have a lawyer represent me in applying for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income? There are a number of critical pieces of the puzzle that must all come together in order to be approved for SSDI or SSI benefits. The average person has no reason to know what those puzzle pieces are or how they fit together.
An SSD attorney, who helps people through the process on a daily basis, better understands how to fit the puzzle pieces together. Your attorney will be able to look at your initial application and your letter of denial to determine exactly why your claim was denied. From there, your attorney can advise you about what needs to be fixed or what additional information is required in order to increase your chances of being approved during the appeals process. Your lawyer can also help you find medical professionals who can describe your condition accurately and in a way that meshes with the SSA’s definition of disability.
Some SSD appeals result in a hearing before an administrative judge, and some go to the next step, review by the SSA’s Appeals Council. Although administrative in nature, these procedures are similar to a trial and an appeal in court, making it crucial to have an experienced attorney who is comfortable with advocating your rights before the hearing officer and the Appeals Council.
Once your initial application for SSD has been denied, you have only 60 days to appeal the denial without having to start the application process all over again. Use this time wisely and retain the assistance of an experienced and knowledgeable SSD attorney. Also, keep in mind that an attorney can help you no matter where you are in the appeals process. If you haven’t yet applied for benefits, a lawyer can assist with your application to increase the chances that your initial claim will be approved.
Our Experienced Texas SSD Lawyers are Ready to Help
The Bob Richardson Law Firm, founded in 1990 by then-Texas State Representative Bob Richardson, now retired, has helped thousands of applicants for Social Security Disability obtain the maximum benefits they deserve. Our attorneys are ready to help you with your application for SSD benefits. We can also help if your claim needs to be reviewed by an administrative law judge or if further appeals are necessary.
Our attorneys who represent Social Security Disability claimants focus exclusively on Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income cases. They are members of the National Organization of Social Security Disability Claimants’ Representatives (NOSSCR) and the Fifth Circuit Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives (FOSSCR). We do not charge hourly fees up front. The Bob Richardson Law Firm represents claimants on a contingency fee basis. We get paid only if we obtain SSD benefits for you.
Get a free evaluation of your Social Security Disability claim now. Contact us toll free at 800-880-5100 or use our online contact form.