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SSD Lawyers in Grand Bay, AL

Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) can be a lifeline of support and financial stability for those who are unable to work due to a severe disability or a terminal illness. The problem is that navigating the process of applying for SSDI benefits can be a daunting task – especially for those who are facing the challenges of disability.

At Walton Law LLC, we know how a severe disability can impact someone’s life. Our Grand Bay, AL SSD lawyers are committed to providing the highest level of legal services to disabled individuals and helping them get the financial support they need to sustain themselves. Whether you are applying for SSDI for the first time or if you are planning to appeal a denied claim, we can help you.

Call us today at 251-455-5819 to schedule a free consultation with a highly-rated Grand Bay, AL SSD lawyer.

Why is the Approval Rate for SSDI Claims So Low? 

Data shows that on average, 67% of SSDI claims are rejected by the SSA during the initial application process. There are several reasons why the rate of approval is so low. These include:

Stringent Eligibility Criteria

SSDI eligibility criteria require applicants to demonstrate that they have a severe medical impairment expected to last at least one year or result in death, which prevents them from engaging in substantial gainful activity (SGA). Meeting these criteria can be challenging, especially if the medical condition in question is not well-documented.

Complex Application Process

The SSDI application process is quite complex and requires extensive documentation of medical history, treatment records, functional limitations, and work history. In the absence of legal representation, applicants might struggle to navigate the application process and make mistakes that could get their application rejected.

Insufficient Medical Evidence

A lack of comprehensive medical evidence is a common reason for SSDI denials. The Social Security Administration (SSA) requires a wide range of medical evidence to support disability claims – including diagnostic tests, treatment notes, and opinions from treating physicians. Many applicants do not know what kind of evidence is needed to support their claim or how to present it, and as a result, their application could get rejected.

Subjectivity in Medical Conditions

Some medical conditions like chronic pain or mental health disorders can be subjective and difficult to objectively assess. As a result, SSDI claims involving these conditions may face greater scrutiny and higher rates of denial, as determining the severity and impact of these impairments can be challenging.

Inconsistent Documentation and Reporting

Inconsistencies or discrepancies in medical documentation, treatment history, or claimant statements can raise doubts about the credibility of the disability claim. Any inconsistencies may be used by the SSA as grounds for denial.

Lack of Legal Representation

Many people make the mistake of applying for SSDI benefits without the help of a lawyer. As a result, they end up making mistakes or missing deadlines that can cause their application to get rejected.

Steps Our Grand Bay, AL SSD Lawyers Can Take If Your SSDI Claim is Denied

Here are the steps our Grand Bay, AL SSD lawyers will take if your SSDI claim is denied.

Request for Reconsideration

We will carefully review the denial notice, examine the reasons for denial provided by the SSA, and identify potential grounds for appeal. We will try to gather any additional evidence or documentation that might strengthen your case. We will prepare and file a request for reconsideration within the specified deadline – which is 60 days from the date of the denial notice.

Hearing before an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ)

If your claim is denied upon reconsideration, the next step is requesting a hearing before an ALJ. We will prepare you for the hearing, try to gather additional evidence that can be presented before the judge, and develop convincing arguments to present your case effectively.

Appeals Council Review

If your claim is denied by the ALJ, the next step is to request a review by the Social Security Appeals Council. We will carefully review the ALJ’s decision, gather any additional evidence or documentation that can support your claim, prepare a brief outlining the grounds for appeal, and submit the appeal to the council. The council will review your claim and make a decision based on the merits of the case or return your claim back to the ALJ for further review.

Federal Court Appeal 

If your claim is denied by the Appeals Council, the final option for appeal is to file a lawsuit in federal district court. We will review the Appeals Council’s decision and assess the viability of filing a federal court appeal. We will prepare a comprehensive legal brief outlining the grounds for appeal and present persuasive arguments in court.

How Our Grand Bay, AL SSD Lawyers Can Prepare You for the Administrative Law Judge Hearing 

Pre-Hearing Preparation 

Before the hearing, we will meet with you to discuss your case in detail. We will review your medical records, treatment history, work history, and any other relevant evidence. We will also prepare you for what to expect at the hearing – including the types of questions you may be asked and how to present your testimony effectively.

Gathering Evidence

We will make sure that all relevant medical records, diagnostic tests, treatment notes, and other evidence are submitted to the ALJ prior to the hearing. We might also obtain written statements from your treating physicians or medical experts to support your claim.

Developing Legal Arguments 

We will develop compelling legal arguments to highlight the severity of your medical condition, the impact of your impairments on your ability to work, and any other factors that support your disability claim. We will also address any potential weaknesses or inconsistencies in the evidence and prepare responses to anticipated objections from the SSA.

Preparing Witness Testimony 

If you have witnesses who can provide helpful testimony – including family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and others – we will prepare them to testify at the hearing. We will make sure that witnesses understand the types of questions they may be asked and instruct them on how to provide clear and concise testimony that supports your case.

Direct Examination 

During the hearing, we will conduct a direct examination of you as the claimant. We will ask you questions about your medical condition, symptoms, limitations, work history, and daily activities to establish the severity of your impairments and their impact on your ability to work.

Cross-Examination 

The SSA’s representative or vocational expert might cross-examine you and any other witnesses you present at the hearing. We will prepare you for the cross-examination and raise objections whenever they ask improper or irrelevant questions.

Closing Arguments 

At the conclusion of the hearing, we will present closing arguments summarizing the evidence and legal arguments supporting your disability claim. We will emphasize why you meet the criteria for disability benefits and why the ALJ should issue a favorable decision in your case.

Why Choose Our Grand Bay, AL SSD Lawyers at Walton Law to Represent You 

  • Our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the complex laws, regulations, and procedures governing the SSDI application and appeals process. We are familiar with the specific eligibility criteria, medical evidence requirements, and legal standards used by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to evaluate disability claims based on different kinds of impairments.
  • We can develop personalized legal strategies based on the unique circumstances of your case. We can assess the strengths and weaknesses of the evidence, identify potential legal issues or obstacles, and formulate effective strategies to address them.
  • Our legal team has a proven track record of success in obtaining SSDI and SSI benefits for our clients. We have the knowledge, skills, and resources to navigate the complexities of the SSDI system and achieve favorable outcomes for our clients.
  • Our attorneys have handled SSDI and SSI claims based on a wide range of medical conditions and disabilities in our practice. We understand how different types of impairments can impact an individual’s ability to work and perform daily activities. This knowledge allows us to effectively present evidence and arguments tailored to your specific disability.
  • We have the experience to handle complex cases and appeals involving multiple impairments, conflicting medical evidence, or legal issues. We know how to develop compelling arguments, present persuasive evidence, and navigate the appeals process to achieve a successful outcome for our clients.

Consult with Our Seasoned Grand Bay, AL SSD Attorneys Today

Applying for SSDI benefits can be an extremely complex and tedious process. At Walton Law LLC, helping disabled individuals get social security benefits is our mission. We can guide you through the process, make sure every step is correctly executed, help you avoid common pitfalls, and give your application the best possible chance of success.

We have represented clients from all over Mobile County – including Mobile, Grand Bay, Prichard, Chickasaw, Citronelle, Creola, Saraland, and surrounding areas. From helping you with the initial application to representing you during the appeals process, we will be your dedicated advocates every step of the way.

Call us today at 251-455-5819 or get in touch with us online to schedule a free consultation and case assessment.

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