Although the majority of applications for Social Security disability benefits are initially denied, you shouldn’t panic if you receive a denial letter in the mail. The Social Security Administration (SSA) allows for several levels of appeals. When you are represented by an experienced attorney, you have an excellent chance of being approved for the benefits you need to provide for yourself and your family.
There are four levels of the appeals process. The following is a brief overview:
If your case makes it to the Appeals Council or a federal court review, your attorney may be allowed to charge more than the $6,000 fee cap that the SSA has set in place for claims that are approved earlier in the process.
Although it’s best to have an experienced Social Security disability lawyer prepare your initial application for benefits, you can hire a lawyer for your appeal even if you submitted the initial application yourself. O’Connor Law has extensive experience helping New York residents through all stages of the appeals process. Call our office or fill out the contact form on this page to learn more about how we can help.