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What Is the SSD Claims Process?

Guiding You Through Every Step

Not being able to work due to your disability can be frustrating. You're likely worried about paying your bills and keeping your family stable. Fortunately, there are two programs offered by the Social Security Administration that can help you maintain financial stability.

At The Law Office of Donna Simpson, we want to help you seek and obtain the maximum benefits that you are entitled to under these programs. The first step will be to determine which benefits you qualify for. Our attorney will answer your questions and advocate for you from start to finish in your pursuit of these benefits.

Understanding how The Process Works

Applying for Social Security Disability benefits is a process that often contains several steps depending on if we need to appeal your claim. We strive to present your case most persuasively each step of the way. While we strive to prove your need for SSD funds in the first phase of the process, we are prepared to advocate for you through appeals.

The First Step

To begin, an initial application must be completed and filed. We can guide you through your application and work to present your case most compellingly. We can help you fill out and file your application online. Applications can also be filed at the local Tennessee field office or via phone. You don't have to do this alone. We will work with you to ensure that the application is completed properly and with the most pertinent information outlined. Some claims are approved at this step, but many require an appeal.

The Second Step

If your claim was denied, you have 60 days to request reconsideration. Your claim will be reviewed again by another representative at the Social Security Disability office. They will look at your initial application and make a decision. If your claim is denied, we will request on your behalf and advocate for you.

The Third Step

If your claim is denied after reconsideration, we will need to request a hearing. The hearing will be held in front of a judge. At this phase of the process, we have the chance to present your case in person. Our attorney has an established relationship with several judges who oversee these hearings.

The Fourth Step

If the judge denies your claim, we can file an appeal with the Social Security Appeals Council. We will write a detailed letter on your behalf that pleads your case, points out all pertinent facts and draws attention to any procedural errors.

Let's Start Your Claim Today

The process for filing a claim is very technical and heavy on details. To better your chances of having your claim approved in one of the earlier phases, you will want an experienced, understanding and knowledgeable advocate on your side. Contact our office located in Cookeville by calling us. You can set up a consultation via our email submission form as well. Don't wait. We are ready to assist you.