Alabama Social Security Disability Denial Attorney

There are many reasons that a claimant’s application for Social Security Disability benefits may be denied. And, unfortunately, the majority of applicants are denied when they initially apply. Further, most applicants do not appeal when their application has been denied. The primary reason that most applicants are denied is because they do not meet the necessary qualifications for disability benefits. But many applicants are denied because they did not document their disability properly or thoroughly enough to prove their case. It is advisable to obtain the assistance of a qualified Social Security Disability Attorney when applying. The Law Firm of Wettermark & Keith has helped thousands of individuals over the years and they offer a free case review to discuss your particular case.

Primary Reason for Social Security Disability Denial – Lack of Documentation

Many disability applicants are denied because of a lack of medical documentation. If an applicant does not receive regular and consistent medical treatment, it may be impossible to otherwise prove their disability. Without this supportive information there may be no basis for the examiner to approve the claim. Unfortunately, many applicants cannot afford medical treatment and simply do not have the resources to obtain the necessary documentation. An applicant should make every effort possible to obtain documentation of their disability.

Other Reasons for Disability Denial

Applicants are also denied disability benefits for other reasons, including:

  • Failing to have enough work quarters
  • Earning more than the allowed income
  • Disability lasts less than 12 months
  • Failing to stay in contact with the Social Security Administration so that they can send benefits
  • Drug or alcohol addiction
  • Social Security fraud or criminal activities

You Can Appeal Your Denial

A denial is not necessarily permanent. There is a substantial appeals process established and the applicant certainly can appeal their case. In fact, there are four levels of appeal: reconsideration, hearing by an administrative law judge, appeals court review and federal court review. In order to increase your chances of a successful appeal, it is advisable to represented by an experienced attorney.

Obtain A Free Social Security Disability Denial Case Review From an Alabama Attorney

If your application for Social Security Disability benefits was denied, it is advisable to consider obtaining representation from a qualified Social Security attorney. At Wettermark & Keith, we have helped thousands of disability claimants. We are available to help you as well. There are no legal fees unless we win your case. Schedule your complimentary case review by calling us at (205) 933-9500.

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Wettermark & Keith secures a reversal of judge's decision by the Appeals council for their client

Wettermark Keith is pleased to announce exciting news from the Social Security department. While our attorneys have an extremely successful track record in obtaining favorable outcomes for our clients, sometimes the journey is longer than others. When a client receives an unfavorable decision from an Administrative Law Judge, the available recourse is to appeal that decision to the Appeals Council, the body responsible for reviewing cases for mistakes made by the previous judge as to the law or facts. Unfortunately, due to the strict standard of review, the Appeals Council fails to find a reason to overturn or remand the prior determination in the vast majority of cases. However, our attorneys are committed to ensuring that our clients receive the benefits they deserve.

This month, Attorney Jessica Brooks secured a reversal of the judge’s decision by the Appeals Council for her client. A more common outcome when the Appeals Council takes issue with a judge’s decision, is a remand to the judge in order to conduct a another hearing, a process which is time consuming and does not always result in a positive outcome. A reversal constitutes an outright order of payment of benefits to the claimant and only happens in 2% of cases! Ms. Brooks added, “I understand that this is often a long and frustrating process for my clients. This was a case that went to hearing in November of 2011 and we received the Appeals Council reversal in February of 2014. However, the fact that my client will be compensated for that time in back pay makes the determination and hard work worth it.” Wettermark Keith looks forward to future Appeals Council reversals as we continue to provide our expertise and experience to our clients.

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