Most people who apply for Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits get denied at first. Take heart; you may still have a valid claim. But, we may need to take a few additional steps to get the benefits you deserve.
At Gatti, Keltner, Bienvenu & Montesi, PLC, you’ll find a dedicated, experienced legal team of attorneys and support staff who can help you navigate the appeals process for denied disability claims. To get your disability claim back on track, call our law offices directly at (901) 526-2126 or contact us online and ask to schedule a free consultation with our denied disability claims attorneys in Memphis.
The first step in appealing a denied disability claim is to file what is called a “Request for Reconsideration.” This request must be completed correctly and within 60 days of receiving your denial notice. If either of those things don’t happen, you could be forced to start the process all over.
If a request for reconsideration yields another denial (and most do), it is time to request a hearing in front of an administrative law judge (ALJ). This is commonly referred to as an “ALJ hearing” and it may be the most important step in the entire process. The reason is that the ALJ hearing is the first opportunity you have to tell your story directly to someone from the Social Security Administration (SSA). This is also the stage where most claims are won or lost.
Our lawyers can represent you at this hearing and prepare you for what to expect. They can also make sure you’re prepared to give honest, yet effective answers to the questions you’ll likely be asked about your physical disability or mental health issues.
Whether you come to see us in Memphis or we travel to meet with you in your home or at the hospital, the consultation is free — no strings attached. Our phones are answered 24 hours a day, and our firm has a second office located in Olive Branch, Mississippi.
We handle Social Security Disability claims on a contingency basis. You pay no legal fees unless benefits are awarded. Fees for disability representatives are limited by law and must be approved by the SSA in advance. You can count on our Memphis denied disability claims lawyers to give you the effective legal services you deserve.