North Carolina Social Security Appeals Attorneys
Was Your SSDI Claim Denied? We Can Help.
Although the denial of an initial
Social Security disability (SSD) application is not uncommon, it can be devastating to learn that the benefits
you were expecting will not be paid. Many individuals who have been denied
Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) fail to take advantage of
the appeals process, which can result in a claim's approval.
Lanier Law Group provides skilled representation in social security appeals
and can provide the aggressive, dedicated representation you need and
deserve. We have years of experience advocating for SSDI benefits on behalf
of our clients; we can explain your options and the best way to challenge
Contact a North Carolina SSD appeals lawyer at our firm today for assistance.
We are intimately familiar with SSDI laws and procedures, and we can seek
the benefits you deserve with unwavering persistence.
Why Was My Social Security Claim Denied?
If you were injured and, as a result, became disabled, you may seek Social
Security disability benefits or Supplemental Security Income as long as
you have an
accepted condition and meet all other eligibility requirements. However, the Social Security
Administration (SSA) frequently denies applications, even ones that are
Based on years of experience spent handling various types of Social Security
disability matters in North Carolina, we at Lanier Law Group can help
you determine why your claim may have been denied and file an appeal if
The following are common reasons for social security claim denials:
Your income is too high: One of the primary reasons applicants are denied is that their monthly
income is too high. As of 2019, you have to earn no more than $1,220 (if
disabled) or $2,040 (if blind) a month to qualify for SSDI. For SSI claims,
you cannot earn more than $771 (individual) or $1,157 (couple) a month.
The SSA cannot find you: If the SSA cannot contact you, your application for Social Security disability
benefits may be denied.
Your disability is temporary: To qualify for SSDI benefits, your disability must last/be expected to
last at least one year (12 months) or result in your death. An exception
is made for applicants who are blind.
You do not follow your doctor’s orders: If your physician prescribes you a certain therapy or treatment and you
refuse to follow it, your application may be denied.
You do not cooperate with the SSA: To assess your case, the SSA needs your medical records and other pertinent
information. Failure to allow the SSA access to these documents can result
in your application being denied.
Remember: just because your initial claim was denied, this does not mean
there is no hope. You can often file an appeal, and Lanier Law Group can
help. If you need help at any stage of the Social Security disability
process, our North Carolina SSD claim denial attorneys are here to offer
you personalized guidance and support.
Understanding the Social Security Appeals Process in North Carolina
If you’ve been denied Social Security disability insurance (SSDI)
or Supplemental Security Income benefits (SSI), it's important to know
that you have the right to appeal the decision.
If you choose to file an appeal, then your claim may go through the following steps:
In most states, the first step of the appeal process is to request that
the initial denial of benefits be reconsidered. During the reconsideration,
a medical consultant and examiner who were not part of the denial of your
first claim will review your case at the Disability Determination Services
level. A slightly different process exists if you are appealing the termination
of disabilities. In this case your reconsidered appeal may need to be
discussed in person with a Social Security representative.
Hearing Before an Administrative Judge
If your request for reconsideration is denied, the next step in the appeals
process is requesting a hearing before an administrative law judge. Your
request must be filed within 60 days of receiving your appeal’s
denial. The administrative law judge will decide to uphold or overturn
your denial or termination of your benefits.
Should your case continue to be denied, the next step is the appeal process
is requesting a review from the Appeals Council. The Appeals Council has
the authority to select which requests it reviews. If the Appeals Council
believes the previous denial of your benefits was correct it may deny
a review of your request.
Should the Appeals Court decide not to review your case, or should you
wish to appeal its decision, the next step in the appeal process is to
file a lawsuit in a federal district court. Your claim will be reviewed
by a federal judge, who will decide on your case.
Contact a Social Security Appeals Attorney Today
Regardless of which steps you need to carry out, our firm can help manage
the entire appeals process and vigorously pursue the benefits you are
owed. We are passionate about our work and can be depended on for fierce
advocacy throughout your case. Our North Carolina SSD appeals attorneys
will keep you updated on the progress we are making and promptly return
your calls if you have questions or need assistance.
When you need compassionate and dedicated legal representation for an SSDI
or SSI matter, look no further than Lanier Law Group. We have numerous
offices located throughout North Carolina, including in
Jamestown. We offer legal services in both English and
Spanish and you owe us nothing unless you obtain a settlement.
If your SSDI or SSI claim was denied,
contact us at (855) 757-4204 for legal advice and advocacy.