Appeal Disability Denial in Charlotte & Richmond

Get Support for Your Disability Appeal

It can be devastating to get a denial of your Social Security Disability benefits. You might have been counting on those benefits to keep you going financially because medical problems leave you unable to work.

But don’t give up.

It’s a very common experience to have your Social Security Disability application denied. In fact, most people get denied when they first apply.

You should strongly consider appealing your claim. It’s often on appeals when people win benefits.

But the first thing you should know about appealing is that you need to move fast.

Social Security Disability has a strict deadline for appealing benefits.

The attorneys at Hunter & Everage are dedicated to making sure you meet all the deadlines and other requirements needed to give you every chance at winning benefits.

We stay with you for every step of applying and appealing.

Contact us today for help appealing your disability benefits.

Why Did I Get Denied?

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has thousands of rules. And every case is different.

You could be denied for many reasons:

  • You didn’t get the medical treatment and records you need.
  • You didn’t stick to your doctor’s orders.
  • Your doctor didn’t know you fit the legal definition of a disability.
  • A Social Security employee didn’t collect the right medical records.
  • The SSA decided your health condition isn’t serious enough.
  • You stated something wrong in your application.
  • The SSA decided you could still work in a different kind of job.
  • You still earn too much income from working.

What Are the Levels of Social Security Disability Appeal?

If you live in Charlotte, anywhere in North Carolina, or in Virginia, there are four steps to the Social Security Disability Appeals process. With an attorney from Hunter & Everage, you’ll have someone supporting you through them all:

  • Reconsideration – First, the attorneys at Hunter & Everage will help you request a reconsideration of your claim. This is a review done by someone who was not part of your first decision. They look at all the evidence you submitted. You’ll also have a chance to submit new information. We’ll manage all of this for you.
  • Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing – If you still get a denial after reconsideration, your next step is to meet face-to-face with a Social Security administrative law judge. This may be your only chance to talk in person with someone who has decision-making authority over your claim. These hearings usually happen at an SSA Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. It’s one of your best opportunities to win, so it’s important to be prepared. The attorneys at Hunter & Everage will make sure you, and all of your evidence and arguments, are ready.
  • Appeals Council Review – After a denial from an ALJ, you can ask the SSA’s Appeals Council to review your case. Our attorneys will continue guiding you through this stage. The Appeals Council could approve your claim, deny it, or return your case to the ALJ for a new hearing.
  • Federal Court Review – If the Appeals Council still denies your claim, you can file a lawsuit in Federal District Court. Technically, you’re suing the commissioner of Social Security. For this level, you must have an attorney admitted to practice before U.S. District Court to represent you. Our attorneys have experience taking cases like yours to federal court.

This is a lot to take on alone.

That’s why we strongly encourage you to get legal representation. When you’re facing a judge or a court, the attorneys at Hunter & Everage will make sure you’re prepared and confident.

No matter where you are in the process, we’ll evaluate your case for free.

When You Talk to a Judge

A hearing with an administrative law judge is a critical moment for your disability claim.

You need to have all your evidence and arguments ready.

Statistics show your chances are better if you go in with an experienced attorney. But at a lot of law firms, you won’t meet your lawyer until the day of the hearing.

Hunter & Everage doesn’t work that way.

We take the time to understand your situation and prepare you for your hearing. We respect the fact that you’re a person, not a case file.

We’ll take care of all these tasks:

  • Analyzing your Social Security file
  • Preparing your strategy and arguments
  • Collecting evidence from your doctors and other health care providers
  • Submitting documentation to the hearing office
  • Helping you prepare for your testimony
  • Questioning medical and work history experts that the government brings to your hearing

Give Yourself the Best Chance

Remember, your chance of winning benefits can improve when you have an attorney.

And hiring an attorney is low-risk for you. You won’t pay any attorney’s fees until you win benefits. We’ll evaluate your case for free.

We know your livelihood is at stake. We know your Social Security Disability case could make a big difference in your life. So we treat your case with special care.

Contact us today.