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Appealing Your SSD Claim

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If you have been denied SSD benefits, you have several opportunities to appeal your claim. The first appeal is called reconsideration and your request for it must be made within 60 days of the denial of your first application. A new individual within the SSA will make a review of your claim. There is an average waiting time of 3-5 months for the letter that either approves or denies your appeal. At any of the appeal steps, your chances for approval are greatly enhanced when you use an experienced Atlanta Social Security disability lawyer. He or she can help to evaluate your claim and determine the best way to present your appeal.

The second appeal is a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. Your request for this appeal must also be made within 60 days of being denied your first appeal. At the hearing you will be able to present evidence and witnesses for questioning and, you may be questioned by the judge. Our office provides a skilled and seasoned attorney to attend the hearing with you. We will also make sure you are fully prepared to answer any questions confidently that the ALJ may have for you. The entire hearing process can take 1 to 2 years to complete. As you can see, the entire process to obtain benefits can be very lengthy. There is another opportunity for appeal, as long as you request it within 60 days of a denial by the ALJ.

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The third appeal only averages a 3% approval rate. The average waiting time for this stage of the process is about 8 months. An Appeals Council will review the decision made at your hearing to establish if it was made according to the laws that govern this process. If your appeal is denied at this step, there is one, final appeal at the Federal level, but few people exercise this option.

Contact our Atlanta SSD attorney today! Our firm understands the frustration of Social Security. We are dedicated to providing service that significantly reduces the anxiety of our clients.

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    David A. Stevens

    Partner

    After graduating from law school in 2002, attorney David A. Stevens began his legal career as a felony public defender and consumer litigation attorney. During his early years in practice he was lead counsel in over a dozen jury trials and obtained favorable results for hundreds of clients while developing his skills as a litigator. In 2005, he began to focus his practice on disability representation while working with his mother, attorney Jane McElreath, who had been representing disabled ...
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    Douglas Sullivan

    Partner

    Attorney Douglas Sullivan grew up in a military family where his father had a career in the US Air Force. As an Air Force brat he developed an interest in military history and has an immense respect for those men and women who have served our country. While still in law school, Doug began working for a law firm that specialized in Veteran’s disability and Social Security disability claims. After law school Doug has continued to focus his legal practice in the area of Veterans’ disability. ...
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    Daphne Sullivan

    Attorney

    Daphne Sullivan graduated from law school in 2002, and for almost twenty years, the focus of her legal career has been representing claimants in their applications for Social Security disability benefits. She has worked with thousands of claimants nationwide and she has extensive knowledge and experience in applying Social Security rules and regulations to cases. She has assisted clients in navigating the disability process from the administrative levels to the Appeals Council. She has worked ...
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    Christopher Campagno

    Managing Attorney

    Christopher A. Campagno joined Stevens & Sullivan, LLC in June of 2021. His areas of expertise include Veterans Law, Disability Rights, and Military Justice. His current practice focuses on representing disabled Veterans throughout all stages of the VA disability claims process, to include the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans claims. In 2019, Christopher earned his J.D., cum laude, from Syracuse University College of Law. In addition to his law degree, he was awarded a certificate ...
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