Social Security Appeals

Every year, millions of Americans apply for Social Security Disability Insurance benefits. Most of them receive the disappointing news that their applications have been denied. This can be extremely discouraging, especially for disabled individuals who are relying on that income to make ends meet.

Don't give up. If your initial application for Social Security Disability benefits has been denied, you have options to try again and improve your chances. At Tillman & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia, we help applicants appeal unfavorable decisions and take the next step toward SSD compensation.

With every paycheck, you have paid into Social Security. You deserve the best possible chance of collecting the benefits that you deserve. We can help.

Appealing SSD Denials

The majority of Social Security Disability claims get denied at the initial application stage. Taking the time to appeal the Social Security Administration's decision greatly improves your likelihood of success.

Our attorneys have represented claimants at every stage of the appeals process, including:

  • Requests for Reconsideration — The first step is simply requesting that the SSA take another look at your file and make another determination.
  • Hearings — A hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) is often your best chance because it gives you and your attorney a chance to answer questions about your case and present your case to a judge who knows the law.
  • Appeals Council — If the ALJ denies your claim at the hearing stage, you may request that the Appeals Council review it. It will either reverse the judge's decision and award you benefits, send the claim back to the hearing stage for another review, or issue another denial.
  • Federal appeals — The last available appeal is a lawsuit filed in federal court.

Contact Tillman & Associates

Social Security matters have strict timelines, so it is important to promptly speak with a lawyer who knows the system. Contact us at 404-692-7428 or 800-743-3994 toll free to arrange for a consultation.

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