Social Security Applicants Don’t Need to Accept Denial

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People attempting to navigate the often tricky Social Security Disability application process will come across many obstacles, none greater than the denial of the initial application. The Social Security lawyers of Handler Henning & Rosenberg are offering tips to those who have been denied.

It is hard enough fighting your medical conditions, trying costly therapies and treatments, often with little to no insurance.

Filing an application for Social Security is sadly an often drawn out process, taking up to 18 months for a final decision.  Coupled with the time delay is a very high rate of denial.  Statistics show denial at the first filing is approximately 72%.  Considering that this means more than 2/3 of all applicants will be denied initially, it is key to have strong representation from the beginning. The law firm of Handler Henning & Rosenberg has been battling with the Social Security Administration for years, and they know how to get claimants benefits.

Attorney and registered nurse Carolyn Anner believes that, “You shouldn’t just give up and walk away. That is what the Social Security Administration hopes and wants you to do. It is hard enough fighting your medical conditions, trying costly therapies and treatments, often with little to no insurance.  Now you are also placed in a position where you have to fight for benefits for which you have paid.”

Here are a few tips that we at HHR suggest:

•Don’t let a technicality stop your claim- The SSA has many reasons to deny a claim that don’t include your medical conditions. We at HHR know that many of them can be easily overcome.

•Medical evidence is important- Often claims are denied because the adjudicator who reviews your claim doesn’t have enough medical evidence and in some cases doesn’t understand it. We at HHR can work with you to rectify this.

•Vocational evidence or your work history play an important role- Getting accurate information about your job performance, duties and any attempt at returning to work even after disability is declared can make or break a case.

•The appeal eventually comes before a Social Security Administrative Law Judge- Knowing the Judges, knowing the law, and knowing the medicine are integral to your case. We here at HHR will work up your case collecting all the medical and vocational evidence. We rely on our clients’ honesty in helping us to help them.

•Getting a lawyer that knows the ins and outs and pitfalls of the system is key- Each stage of the process gets more complex. It is important to hire an attorney who can help you safely navigate this system.

Handler, Henning & Rosenberg has been assisting injured parties through the Social Security Disability process for decades. Carolyn M. Anner and the rest of the Firm’s partners also offer representation to those injured in a host of other personal injury areas including, automobile accidents, defective medical devices, premises liability, dog bites, and more. If any such injury has resulted in an ability to continue with one’s gainful employment, please feel free to visit the Firm’s Social Security Disability page to obtain a free consultation and learn more about our services.

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