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Denied Applications Appeals

Killeen Lawyers for Denied SSD Applications & Appeals

Serving Clients Throughout Texas in Social Security Disability Advocacy

If you have been denied SSD benefits, do not wait to contact an attorney. Very often, people who are denied Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits are actually able to get the care and benefits they deserve after retaining legal counsel and filing an appeal. However, you will be subject to time deadlines associated with the appeal process.

At Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., we can take the initiative to work on your appeal in an effort to reach a favorable outcome that results in securing needed support. Most of our clients come to us after SSD benefit denials. Our legal team includes Attorney Manuel Alcozer, who has been board-certified in Social Security Disability law by the National Board for Social Security Disability Advocacy. His experience, knowledge, and skill in this area can be instrumental in your case. 

Reach Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P. by email from our online contact form or call (254) 765-9552 to schedule a free consultation about your case. Hablamos español.

SSD Application Denials in Texas

SSD application denials are common in Texas and throughout the U.S. Statistics from the Social Security Administration (SSA) indicate that approximately 70% of initial applications are denied. The high denial rate at this stage can be attributed to various factors, such as insufficient medical evidence, failure to meet technical requirements or incomplete application forms.

Steps to Take After Being Denied

It is vital to understand the reason for the denial. You should review the denial notice carefully to understand why your application was rejected. The notice will outline specific reasons and any deficiencies in your application. 

After receiving the denial, you typically have 60 days to file a request for reconsideration. This is the first step in the appeals process. It gives you the opportunity to have your claim reviewed by a different SSA examiner. You will usually need to submit additional medical evidence and documentation to address the issues mentioned in the denial notice. 

Collect updated medical records, doctor’s statements, and any new evidence that supports your claims. Ensure that all submitted documentation clearly demonstrates the severity of your condition and its impact on your ability to work. 

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When Your Reconsideration Request is Denied

You must prepare for the appeals process if you are still denied after reconsideration. This is done by requesting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. You must generally file this request within 60 days of the reconsideration denial. 

Preparation for the hearing includes organizing your medical records, obtaining statements from healthcare providers, and considering putting forth expert testimony. You must continue to receive medical treatment and follow your healthcare provider’s recommendations. Consistent treatment records can strengthen your case and demonstrate ongoing disability. 

Keep detailed records of all correspondence with the SSA, medical visits, treatments, and other relevant information related to your disability. 

Consider seeking legal representation from our Killeen attorneys focusing on Social Security Disability cases. We can help you navigate the appeals process, gather necessary evidence, and present a solid case. Call (254) 765-9552 to learn more.

Why Choose Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P.? Our Commitment to You

  • Unyielding Commitment to Justice
    We strive to ensure that all persons have access to a legal process that is fair, open, transparent, and holds those who infringe on your rights accountable.
  • Relentless Pursuit of Fair Compensation
    We advocate to secure the maximum compensation you deserve, recognizing the profound impact your lawsuit can have on your livelihood.
  • Empathetic Guidance Through Adversity
    We stand by your side with unwavering support and understanding, providing guidance and reassurance during what may be one of the most challenging times in your life.
  • Resolute Advocacy for Your Rights
    With determination and expertise, we navigate the complexities of the legal system on your behalf, steadfastly protecting your rights and interests at every turn.

Why You Need a Lawyer for SSD Appeals

Appealing an SSD denial can be daunting. Having a qualified lawyer on your side is essential for several reasons. Social Security Disability law is intricate, and our team can guide you through the appeals process, ensuring you meet all deadlines and filing requirements.

We can help you obtain comprehensive medical records and persuasive doctor's statements that effectively document the limitations caused by your disability. Our attorneys can effectively represent you at the hearing before the Administrative Law Judge, presenting a well-organized and convincing case highlighting your benefits eligibility. We may be able to negotiate with the SSA on your behalf, potentially reaching a favorable settlement without the need for a lengthy appeals process.

At Michalk, Beatty & Alcozer, L.P., we are committed to providing aggressive advocacy in protecting and advancing your rights throughout the appeals process. Attorney Manuel Alcozer has represented countless individuals and handled hundreds of hearings in his decades of practice. He pays particular attention to the case details while fighting for these much-needed benefits. 

We offer free initial consultations for SSD matters, including appeals. To book an appointment with a Killeen attorney for SSD denials and appeals, contact us at (254) 765-9552. Hablamos español.

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Our FAQ

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  • What is the process for determining medical eligibility for SSDI benefits?
    Once you file for SSDI benefits and pass the non-medical eligibility screening, your claim will be sent to the state’s Disability Determination Services (DDS) for a medical determination. There, your medical records and other information will be collected and evaluated by a claims examiner and a physician to see if you meet SSA’s criteria for disability.
  • What medical conditions qualify for SSDI benefits?
    Nearly any physical or mental condition – or any combination of conditions – can qualify you for SSDI benefits if the impairment is severe enough. To qualify as “severe” under the Social Security Administration’s rules, your condition must prevent you from earning substantial gainful activity and either have lasted or be expected to last at least 12 months (or result in death).
  • What is the ‘List of Impairments’ and how is it used in the SSDI application process?

    The List of Impairments or SSA’s “Blue Book” is a compilation of medical conditions and criteria used by the agency to assess disability claims. If your condition appears on the list and exactly matches the description there, you are generally considered disabled without further evaluation. However, you do not have to have a “listed” condition nor meet the exact criteria of one to qualify for benefits.

    No one should ever assume that they are unable to qualify for SSDI benefits without speaking to an experienced advocate.

  • How long does it take to receive SSD benefits after applying?
    The average wait time for SSD benefits is five to seven months. However, there may be aspects to your situation that make that process take more or less time than average.
  • What are the work requirements to qualify for SSDI benefits?
    The duration of work test for SSDI evaluates whether an application has worked and paid into the Social Security system long enough to qualify as “insured” for benefits. This calculation takes into account your age and when the disability began. Most people need 40 credits (which can be earned at the rate of four per year), and 20 of those credits must have been earned in the last 10 years before your disability began. Younger disabled workers need less.

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