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Domestic violence was a part of my family's life for years. When I made the decision to leave with my children, I had to rely on the law to provide the protection we needed. Sometimes, the system does not work as fast as we want. I soon learned that going at it alone without any guidance caused significant delays. I created this blog to help others who are seeking legal means to deal with an abusive ex. By making the right moves, it is possible to get the necessary protections in place so that you can also live a happier and healthier life.

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Denied Benefits? Understanding the Social-Security Disability Appeals Process

by Gina Hill

If you were denied social-security disability benefits after your initial application, there's no need to be alarmed. Each state in the US is slightly different, but overall, 64% of applications for social-security disability benefits are denied. Whether your application was denied because it was incomplete or the SSA determined that you are not disabled, you have a process of appeal to try and get the benefits you deserve.

Filing for a Reconsideration

Filing for reconsideration is the first step in the appeals process when you have been denied social-security disability benefits. Your denial letter will give you the details on how to file for reconsideration. When you have new information to make your application stronger, you should send this in with your request for consideration. Once you send in your request, your application will be reviewed by staff members who were not part of your initial application.

If the Reconsideration Is Denied

If your benefits are still denied after the reconsideration process, you have to file an appeal for a hearing. If you haven't already met with a social-security lawyer, now is the time. You will want to sit down and talk about hearing strategy. You will be notified of your hearing date and time in the mail once you have requested a hearing. You will go in front of an administrative law judge to talk about your case. This will help you stay calm and focused if you have legal representation at this stage.

If the Administrative-Law Judge Denies Your Application

Your next move in the appeals process is to ask for a review to be completed by the Social Security Appeals Council. The problem with this stage is that the Appeals Council doesn't have to review your case if they think the decision made is correct. If the Appeals Council doesn't review your case, your last option is to file an appeal to the federal district court.

It is frustrating when you are denied social-security disability benefits and find yourself unable to work. When you need benefits, it's important to build a strong case to prove your disability. Work closely with your treatment providers and make sure that you attend medical appointments for the problems you are experiencing. Be clear with your providers that you are finding it impossible to work and are trying to get social-security disability benefits because of your impairments.

Consult a firm such as Prediletto, Halpin, Scharnikow & Nelson, P.S. to start working on your appeal. 

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