Appealing the Claim

Atlanta Social Security Disability Attorney

Appealing Your SSD Claim in Georgia

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

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    Attorney David Stevens was born and raised in Macon, Georgia. He moved to Atlanta in 1991 and graduated from the Georgia State University College of Law in 2002. During law school, he was active in both the Moot Court Board - serving as Vice President of Appellate Advocacy - and mock trial, participating in several national competitions. He received awards for his academic performance in Research, Writing and Advocacy and Litigation classes. After graduating from law school, David immediately ...
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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 immense respect for those men and women who have served our country. After a life of being transferred to various Air Force bases throughout the United States, Doug obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, double majoring in Political Science and Spanish. He then attended law ...
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    Daphne Sullivan

    Associate

    Daphne Sullivan was born in Washington D.C. into a military family. She was raised in Alabama where she obtained her B.S. in English and graduated with honors from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated with a Masters of Education with a concentration in English education from the University of North Alabama. She obtained her legal education at Cumberland School of Law. As a law student, she received awards in Legal Research and Writing as well as Criminal Procedure ...
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