Don’t take it personally if you’re unable to work because you’re sick or hurt and your application for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) is denied. Two-thirds of all disability claims are rejected initially.

That may be the most important reason you should consider talking to the Ormond Beach Social Security disability attorneys at Johnson & Gilbert, who have helped disabled clients with their claims and appeals for more than 15 years.

Unfortunately, determining the extent of disability and how it may restrict a person’s ability to work is complicated, and the Social Security Administration insists it is merely trying to make sure anyone receiving benefits is qualified under the law.

Once an initial claim for benefits is denied an appeal should be initiated within 60 days of receiving the notice—and here is where experienced Florida Social Security disability claims professionals can be a big help. It can take four months or longer for a decision on your appeal, and nine times out of ten the decision will mirror the initial rejection of your claim.

You can then request a hearing before an administrative law judge to consider your claim. Because of the backlog of cases, it can take a year or longer before your hearing will take place. If the claim is denied again, you can request an Appeals Council review, which could take another 12 months.

Obviously, the claims process can be tedious. That’s why it’s important to begin with the strongest case possible. The Social Security disability attorneys at Johnson and Gilbert can help you prepare. Call them at 386.673.4412 or toll free at 800.556.8890 for a free consultation.

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