If you’ve been denied social security benefits in South Carolina, you’re definitely not alone. The Social Security Administration (SSA) denies nearly 75% of all applicants. So you’ve been denied benefits, you’re still disabled, and you still can’t work – what do you do?
First, you can file a reconsideration appeal. You have 60 days to file your appeal, but filing sooner is always better than later. Don’t have your expectations too high though, as reconsideration appeals have the lowest approval rate within the entire South Carolina social security disability process. Reconsideration appeals are reviewed by another person from the SSA, using the exact same guidelines as the initial hearing, so it’s no wonder that 85% of these appeals are denied.
But there’s light ahead, because after being denied your South Carolina reconsideration appeal you can file a request to have a hearing with an administrative law judge. The good news is that nearly 65% of these cases do get approved. The downside being that with such a backlog of claims congesting the system it can take over a year for a judge to hear your case.
Now, if you’re denied at this stage, the next thing you can do is appeal the judge’s decision to the Appeals Council. But the Appeals Council hardly ever works out in favor of the applicant, so at this point you really have to choose between filing a review request with the Council or filing a totally new claim altogether.
Despite the long process, a successful appeal can be a lifesaver for someone in financial distress after being denied benefits as applicants receive past benefits for the entire time they should have been receiving payments.
South Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers
The South Carolina social security system can be confusing and being denied benefits can be incredibly disheartening. Being properly prepared for the hearings can give you a better chance at being approved, and getting representation from an experienced South Carolina SSDI Attorney can help you get the benefits you need.
The Social Security Attorneys at Harris & Graves know what it takes to prove your claim, and can serve as a connection between the SSA and your doctors. Their skills in pre-hearing preparation, analysis, and evidence gathering are invaluable in helping to prove your disability.
Don’t wait to get the help you need after you’ve been denied benefits. Contact Harris & Graves and let them fight to get you the social security disability benefits you deserve.