Obtaining Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits can be difficult, no matter what your condition. The process is long, convoluted and confusing — at best. The long wait to even get an initial decision makes it even more heartbreaking when you open up a letter only to find out that your claim is denied.

So, what’s next?

You can file an appeal on your own — or you can contact a Social Security Disability benefits attorney for help. Here’s why we recommend that you get an attorney to help you through the appeal:

  1. The denial letter you receive will likely only have a cursory explanation about why your claim was denied. To effectively overcome the denial, however, it usually helps to get a closer look at the claims examiner’s reasoning. Your attorney can obtain a copy of your SSDI application and file in order to better understand what went wrong.
  2. The doctors hired to review disability claims are generally paid according to how quickly they work. As you can imagine, that encourages some to fly through each case very rapidly. If your claim isn’t organized in such a way that the evidence of your disability is obvious within minutes, it’s easy to get unfairly denied.
  3. If you’re heading into a hearing with an Administrative Law judge (ALJ), you can anticipate a significant wait before your case is heard. You don’t want to go to the hearing unprepared and all alone to try to plead your case against the government’s vocational expert (who says you can work).

Your Social Security Disability benefits are important to you — and you are important to us. Contact our office to learn more about how we may be able to help you overcome an SSDI denial today.