Was your South Carolina Social Security disability application denied?

I help The Upstate and Greenville South Carolina Social Security disability claimants with their appeals of disability denials, and have been doing that gratifying work for 30 years.

The Social Security disability process is stacked against applicants but favors appellants. Nationally, 2/3 of applications are denied while over half of those who appeal are ultimately awarded disability benefits. Greenville and South Carolina applicants face similar odds, so you should not let a denial discourage you.

If you feel you cannot work, I recommend you move forward immediately with your appeal.

The text and videos on my 100-page website will help you better understand the disability appeal and determination process, and I stand ready to assist if you want an experienced and understanding Greenville Social Security attorney to help you.

Best wishes for success.

How to appeal a denial

You have 3 options for appealing a denial of your claim for Social Security disability benefits. Whichever approach you use, obtain proof of your filing. That way you will not have to begin anew if the Social Security Administration (SSA) loses your paperwork.

1. Appeal online. Use SSA’s website at https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/iAppeals/ap001.jsp. It will only take a few minutes and you can print a confirmation. You will need your denial letter, the names and addresses of all the medical providers you have seen since you filed your claim or last appealed, and a list of your current medications. You may also complete the Disability Report – Appeal online, but this step will take more than a few minutes. In case you are timed out, obtain a reentry number so you can get back in to finish the Disability Report.

2. Use telephone and mail. Phone SSA at 800-772-1213. Say you want to appeal. SSA will send you the appropriate appeal form, an Authorization to Disclose Information to the Social Security Administration (SSA-827), and a Disability Report – Appeal. Use certified mail, return receipt requested, to mail the appeal papers back to SSA.

3. Visit your local Social Security office. Your denial letter has the address. Bring your denial letter, a list with the names and addresses of all of your medical providers you have seen since you last updated SSA, and a list of your current medications. This information will allow you to complete all of the appeals papers at the Social Security office with the assistance of a claims representative. When finished, ask the representative for a copy of everything you have submitted and receipt for your appeal.

5 tips for completing the appeal forms

1. Appeal promptly. You have 65 days from the date on your denial letter to file your appeal. You will need to start over with a new application if you are late without “good cause.”

2. Whether you are filing a first or second appeal, do not elaborate when asked why you disagree with the prior ruling on the Request for Reconsideration or Request for Hearing. Simply write, “I am disabled.”

3. The accompanying Disability Report – Appeal is designed to gather information about changes in your condition, new diagnoses, additional treatment, and changes in your daily activities since you last updated the SSA. If no changes have occurred, you may say so. If there have been changes, describe them accurately. Be careful to neither exaggerate nor minimize them.

4. Explain how your activities have changed since you last completed a disability report. Provide a current list of your medications and the name and address of every medical provider you have seen since your last SSA update.

5. Remember to have a witness sign the Authorization to Disclose Information and list his or her telephone number or address.

For more information about the appeals process, visit the website of esteemed Chicago Social Security lawyer Fred Daley

My Social Security disability library

More information on appealing and the hearing may be found in my website’s Library:

– My free e-booklet, Helpful Suggestions for Appealing a Denial of Benefits, provides additional tips. It may be found in the top right corner of this page.

– For a short and visual explanation of how an administrative law judge evaluates eligibility, watch the video How the Judge Determines Disability pictured above.

– See the detailed articles under Your Disability Hearing. You are unlikely to find such specific and practical information anywhere else.

– To understand how SSA evaluates particular impairments and obtain medical opinion forms, see Applying for Disability Benefits When…

– To receive a no-obligation evaluation of your Social Security disability claim, complete the Free Claim Evaluation form to your right.