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The Importance of a Disability Appeal Attorney

Receiving a notice of denial of a Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income claim can be a disheartening, and even frightening experience. Chances are, you were counting on those SSD or SSI benefits to replace a portion of the income you are no longer able to earn for your family due to accident or illness. A denial of benefits is actually more common than you might think, as approximately 65 percent of initial applications are not approved.

SSD and SSI Appeal Lawyers May Be Able to Help

The good news is that you have the right to appeal Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income denials, but you must notify the Social Security Administration of your intent to do so within 60 days. You can attempt to “take on the system” and try to navigate the complex appeal process on your own. For many, a more suitable alternative is to seek help from a disability appeal attorney.

You may think you understand why your request for benefits was denied, or maybe you’re getting advice from family and friends who have successfully appealed a denial. No matter how confident you feel, SSI and SSD cases can be quite complex. Each appeal is unique and requires legal expertise. Even a minor, unintended error can hurt your appeal. If you fail to notice and address a problem in your original application, you could be denied again.

SSI appeal lawyers are trained and experienced in handling disability cases and appeals. They have the expertise to handle cases like yours with confidence. After a denial, you don’t want additional delays. Appeal lawyers for SSI benefits may be able to fight with you to get the benefits you deserve.

What Advantages Can SSD and SSI Appeal Lawyers Provide?

ssi-ssdi-attorney-paAppeal lawyers for SSI and SSD may be able to assist you in a number of ways. An experienced disability lawyer is likely to have a more thorough understanding of how the appeal process works, as well as how to successfully deal with the SSA. Your disability appeal attorney can perform a variety of critical functions such as obtaining medical records and collecting key medical evidence to support your claim. An attorney can also request to have the onset date of your disability backdated or to reopen a prior application for benefits if appropriate.

If you are like most people and are apprehensive about testifying, your attorney can ensure you are fully prepared to testify with confidence at your appeal hearing. This is of the utmost importance, as about 60 percent of all appeals of claim denials are won as the result of a hearing.

Above all, Social Security disability appeal lawyers should approach your appeal strategically, carefully developing a strategy that gives you the best chance of success. With legal knowledge and practical expertise, these attorneys understand what it takes to succeed with an appeal and they should use this knowledge on your behalf.

After receiving a denial, it’s normal to feel anxious — especially if you face financial worries and need to pay for everyday expenses and bills. Don’t create additional delays in your case. Contact a qualified SSI appeal lawyer at Ritacco Disability Law today.

Contact the Law Office of Lisa M. Ritacco in Philadelphia, Lancaster, PA and the Surrounding Areas

If you’re looking for disability attorneys in Delaware county, Philadelphia, Lancaster, PA or the surrounding areas, Lisa M. Ritacco can provide the help you need to win SSD or SSI benefits on appeal. Attorney Ritacco has focused her practice on handling legal matters related to SSD and SSI issues. In addition to being a compassionate advocate for the legal rights of people who have been denied disability benefits, she can serve as your legal advisor through all aspects of the claims process, including the initial application for benefits.

A Free Consultation Is Your First Step

If you have received a notice of denial of SSI or SSD benefits, contact the law office of disability appeal attorney Lisa M. Ritacco for a free consultation today.

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