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What is the appeals process if my Social Security claim is denied?

When you apply for Social Security disability benefits, there is a strong chance that your claim will be denied. In fact, according to the National Organization of Social Security Claimant Representatives (NOSSCR), only about 40 percent of Social Security disability claims are approved at the initial level.

Frustrated4_06042014What should you do if your Social Security disability claim is denied to try to make sure you get the compensation you need to make up for lost work?

You should appeal the decision. The first level of appeal is known as reconsideration. A new disability examiner and group of physicians will then review your claim again and reconsider its merits. While your claim may be viewed more favorably by a new disability examiner, the chances are good that it will be denied again as it is being reviewed by the same agency using the same guidelines.

If your claim is denied at the reconsideration level, you can request a hearing with an Administrative Law Judge. It is important to file your appeal immediately as you only have 60 days from the date of your denial notice to file. Even if that seems like plenty of time to file, consider that the longer you wait to file, the longer it will take to receive a judgment and the longer it will take to receive your any benefits and back pay you may be awarded.

A larger number of cases is are typically approved at the hearing level. However, if your case is again denied by the Administrative Law Judge, you can appeal again to the Appeals Council. If your case is denied at the Appeals Council level, you then have the option to file a civil action in a United States District Court. If you do not have success at the District Court level, you may appeal to a Circuit Court of Appeals, and then finally to the U.S. Supreme Court.

North Carolina Social Security Disability Lawyers

The appeals process for Social Security disability benefits can be complex, and an experienced North Carolina Social Security disability lawyer can help guide you through the process. A lawyer may be able to prepare you for hearing and find ways to strengthen your case to improve the chances of having your claim approved.

Call the Law Offices of James Scott Farrin at 1-866-900-7078 for a free evaluation of your case and to find out how one of our experienced North Carolina Social Security disability lawyers may be able to help you. Our attorneys are admitted to the United States District Courts for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Middle District of North Carolina. In addition, the attorney who heads our Social Security department, Rick Fleming, is a North Carolina Board Certified Specialist in Social Security Disability Law and is admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

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Raleigh Law Office

5848-100 Faringdon Place
Raleigh, NC 27609
Phone: 919-834-1184
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Durham Law Office

280 South Mangum Street, Suite 400
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-688-4991
Fax: 800-716-7881

Fayetteville Law Office

517 Owen Drive
Fayetteville, NC 28304
Phone: 910-488-0611
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Charlotte Law Office

1001 Morehead Square Drive, Suite 350
Charlotte, NC 28203
Phone: 704-599-1078
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New Bern Law Office

1505 South Glenburnie Rd, Unit P
New Bern, NC 28562
Phone: 252-634-9010
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3422

Greenville Law Office

702 G Cromwell Dr.
Greenville, NC 27858
Phone: 252-355-5205
Toll Free: 1-866-780-3227

Greensboro Law Office

300 N. Greene Street, Suite 850
Greensboro, North Carolina 27401
Phone: 336-665-7072
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Goldsboro Law Office

214 South William Street, Suite 3
Goldsboro, NC 27530
Phone: (919)-731-2581
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Henderson Law Office

514 Dabney Drive, Suite 200
Henderson, NC 27536
Phone: 252-492-4600
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Roanoke Rapids Law Office

709 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Phone: 252-537-9670
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Rocky Mount Law Office

3202 Sunset Avenue, Suite B
Rocky Mount, NC 27804
Phone: 252-937-4730
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Sanford Law Office

703-B South Horner Boulevard
Sanford, NC 27330
Phone: 919-775-1564
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Wilson Law Office

2315 Airport Blvd Suite A
Wilson, North Carolina 27896
Phone: 252-246-9090
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078

Winston-Salem Law Office

301 N. Main Street, Suite 2409-C
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Toll Free: 1-866-900-7078