SSD Claims, Denials And Appeals

A significant number of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) applications are denied by the Social Security Administration (SSA). A denied claim, however, is not necessarily the end of the road for you when you depend on these benefits. There is an appeals process available to make your case for benefits.

Our attorneys at Marrs & Terry, PLLC, have more than a decade of experience in helping people navigate complex legal processes. We take pride in what we do because we have the opportunity to help people get real results when they are struggling with disabilities and financial hardships — things that make it difficult to get by day-to-day.

We are here to help you appeal your denied SSD claim in Michigan. Contact us today at one of our offices in Jackson, Ann Arbor or Canton to arrange a consultation.

Why Was My Claim Denied?

Your SSDI claim may have been denied because of:

  • Insufficient evidence of your disability. You may need to provide more complete medical records or participate in medical examinations that were overlooked in the initial evaluation.
  • Insufficient evidence of your financial need. You may be earning too much money or have not provided complete documentation of your income and earning history.
  • Ineligibility for SSDI: In some cases, we have seen people whose disability simply does not meet the requirements for collecting SSDI benefits.

If your disability isn't severe enough (isn't expected to last at least 12 months or result in death), or your income level is not low enough to make you eligible, we may still be able to find other options that can help you get the financial support you need.

The Appeals Process

Do not go through this process alone, and do not hesitate to take action. Your appeal must be filed within 60 days of your denied claim. At that point, you will need to file a request for an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearing. This hearing will involve the presentation of claimant testimony, medical evidence, impartial testimonies from vocational and medical experts, etc.

If the ALJ hearing does not result in a favorable ruling, we may be able to appeal the case to an Appeals Council. This council is made up of multiple Administrative Law Judges who will review any new evidence and rule on eligibility. If this still results in an unfavorable ruling, the claim may be taken to the U.S. District Court and beyond.

Contact Us

These are complex legal processes that should be navigated with help from an experienced lawyer. Our team will work with you through the process to make sure every detail is presented in your best interest. We welcome your call.