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Unfortunately, most Social Security Disability (SSD) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) claims are denied initially. Many individuals simply give up at this point and do not appeal the denial. Do not be one of these people! Even if your initial application was denied, you have 60 days to appeal the denial. Many social security cases can be strentgthened by an attorney throughout this process, increasing chances of success without hearing, and, if necessary, at the hearing. There are two appeals that must be filed for a matter to go to hearing. From the local Social Security office to the Bureau of Disability Determination and the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (ODAR), there are several agencies that will often end up reviewing your claim before it is approved. Sometimes, but not usually, an individual will win after he or she files the first appeal, before the claim gets to hearing.
You likely have a very serious medical condition if you have filed for these benefits. You should not have to worry about the forms, procedures and requirements of filing a claim for benefits. Give us a call for an initial free consultation so we can assist you with your case while you focus on your health.
As is the case in workers’ compensation claims, we do not charge an upfront fee for social security cases. We only win a fee if you obtain an accrued award. This is an award that pays you for benefits before the date of your hearing. The fee is only based upon the amount of this award, not your ongoing benefits. If you have suffered an injury or illness that has or will completely prevent you from working for 12 months or more, we can help you overcome a denied SSD or SSI claim. Please contact our office online or call at (419) 525-1984 to set up an intial appointment where we can take more time to explain to you how we can help.
Donaldson & Dunkle Law Offices, L.P.A.
233 Marion Avenue
Mansfield, OH 44903
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