Experienced Help Is Key For SSDI/SSI Claims

Applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) can be frustrating to those who are unfamiliar with the process. In general, most first-time applicants are denied SSDI/SSI and will need to file an appeal.

If you have been denied Social Security Disability benefits, you have recourse. To learn more about the options available to you, contact Social Security Disability claims attorney Howard M. Hyman today at 215-725-1950. You can meet with us at our offices in Philadelphia, Jamison or Cherry Hill.

Qualifying For Social Security Disability Benefits

To qualify, you must first be out of work for 12 months and suffer from a mental or physical disability recognized by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that substantially interferes with or prevents your ability to work. While special requirements apply to people over 50 years old and other factors may allow a person to work a restricted amount of time each week, to qualify for SSDI or SSI, you must document your disability and its impact on your ability to work.

Our attorney can assist clients in locating qualified medical specialists who can perform any necessary medical examinations and diagnostic tests to verify a physical or mental disability. Additionally, we prepare all medical evidence and information needed in appealing a denial of benefits for our clients.

Appealing A Denied Claim

At the law office of Howard M. Hyman, our lawyer works closely with people who have already had their first-time application for Social Security Disability benefits denied. Attorney Hyman handles SSD claims for residents throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

If you've already applied for and been denied Social Security Disability benefits, there are four levels of appeal available during which the original decision in your case can be challenged. Each level involves the following options and issues:

  • First-level appeal: Once you receive notice that your original application has been denied, you have 60 days to file an appeal.
  • Administrative hearing appeal: If your first-level appeal is rejected, you have 60 days to request that an administrative law judge review your case.
  • Appeals council review: Should the administrative law judge reject your claim, too, you have 60 days to request that the Social Security Administration's Appeals Council review your case.
  • Federal court review: If the appeals council does not reverse the denial of your claim, you have 60 days to appeal your case in federal court.

Don't Give Up

We have extensive experience representing disabled people who were initially denied Social Security Disability benefits. If you have questions about the legal options available to you, contact our law office today at 215-725-1950 or via email.