Most initial applications for Social Security disability benefits are denied and filing an appeal is necessary. Of course, there are circumstances where even an appeal will not result in a finding of disability and an award of benefits, but the vast majority of claimants I speak with do indeed have a strong basis for an appeal.
Additionally, most claimant's medical files are complete at the time of the initial determination; the problem is that the records often don't "say much." Doctors rarely provide legible detailed notes on a patient's specific limitations, and Social Security doesn't request anything more. For my clients, I request all the updated medical records as well as a detailed opinion of the claimant's residual functional capacity.
An appeal must be filed within 60 days of the date on the Notice of Disapproved Claim. If you are close to the deadline, I would advise you to file the appeal as soon as possible in person. Then, you can contact an attorney who has experience with Social Security disability appeals. If after consulting with such an attorney you decide an appeal isn't appropriate, you can always withdraw it. However, if you miss the deadline, you must file a new initial application.
If the deadline is not close, you should meet with an experienced attorney who can file it for you.
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Without reviewing your file, it would be difficult to give you any advice on your claim. I would be happy to discuss your disability claim with you further.
Stanley Dale Radtke, Esq.
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 416
San Francisco, CA 94104