A Georgia disability attorney answers your questions about the Social Security disability appeals process
As a Georgia disability attorney, I often hear from Social Security disability applicants in Colquitt and other areas of southwest Georgia: “I’ve tried to work, but I’m just not able to. Why did the Social Security Administration deny my Georgia disability benefits application?” There are many reasons your application may have been denied, but there are also many reasons to appeal that denial, at least until you receive a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge.
If your application for Georgia disability benefits was denied, you are not alone. Nationally and in Georgia, approximately 65% of initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied. If you appeal this denial by filing a Request for Reconsideration, your chances of success are even slimmer. However, Georgia Social Security disability applicants who pursue their claim to the next level—a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge—are awarded benefits more often than not.
If you live in southwest Georgia—in Seminole, Early, Decatur, or Miller County or the surrounding area—and your application for Social Security disability benefits was denied, I am available to help. Please explore the 100+ pages of educational materials on this website and contact me if you would like more information about your appeal. You may find the following particularly helpful:
If your initial application for Georgia disability benefits or your Request for Reconsideration was denied…
File a timely appeal. You have 65 days from the date on your denial letter to file your appeal. If your first appeal (request for reconsideration) is denied, file a second appeal (request for a hearing before an administrative law judge).
- — Appealing a Denial of Benefits is a free e-booklet that provides tips about the appeals process. See the upper right corner of this page or click the link.
— Advice for appealing explains the appeals process and offers detailed tips for completing and supplementing the forms for a Request for Reconsideration and a Request for Hearing by Administrative Law Judge.
If your hearing date is rapidly approaching…
You may be nervous about testifying in front of a judge. The best testimony is truthful, accurate (not overstated or understated) and detailed. You will be asked questions about the following five topics:
- — The jobs you have held over the past 15 years;
— Your current course of treatment;
— Your symptoms, including pain;
— Your functional capacity (what can you do—sit, stand, walk, lift, carry, etc.); and
— Your current daily activities.
Good preparation makes good testimony. Go to Your Disability Hearing, in the Library below, to find a series of articles that answer common questions about this important step in obtaining Georgia disability benefits. Also, watch How the Judge Determines Disability, the video at the top of this page, which explains how the Administrative Law Judge will evaluate your claim.
How a Georgia disability attorney can help
Dealing with the Social Security Administration can be a confusing and frustrating experience. Having a Georgia disability benefits attorney on your side—to explain the paperwork, review your medical records, focus your testimony on relevant evidence, and represent you at the hearing—will help to ensure that you present your strongest case to the Administrative Law Judge.
If your application for Social Security disability benefits was denied, and you are not currently represented by a Georgia disability attorney, I would be happy to review your case. Please complete the short Claim Evaluation form to the right or email me. If you prefer, you may call me at my Colquitt, Georgia office, at 229-758-3943.