Many of our readers in Alabama may have heard what is probably considered to be the most negative aspect about Social Security disability benefits — that initial applications for these benefits are oftentimes denied. For some people who are dealing with a disability, this might be enough to make them reconsider whether it is even worth trying to apply for SSD benefits at all. For those who have already seen their initial application denied, they may be downtrodden enough to feel like they should just give up the fight.
However, at our law firm, we work with Alabama residents who know that they can, and that they should, keep up the fight to receive SSD benefits because they truly believe they are eligible. Getting the initial application right is crucial — that cannot be stressed enough. Any initial application that leaves information out or that includes information that is not needed may be at a disadvantage as soon as it is submitted. It is highly preferable to take the time to get the initial application right, to the fullest extent, in order to have the best chance to get approved on the first try.
We know that many initial applications for SSD benefits are denied. That is why keeping up the fight is crucial. The Social Security Administration provides a multi-layered appeals process that allows applicants for SSD benefits to supplement their initial applications if needed, or have other “eyes” review the initial application. In fact, there is even one stage that allows an applicant to go in front of an administrative law judge to directly present the case for why their application for SSD benefits should be approved.
At our law firm, we know that people can get disheartened when an initial application for SSD benefits is denied. We do our best to put those individuals in the best possible position to appeal that initial decision. For more information, please visit the Social Security disability benefits overview section of our law firm’s website.