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    Our Top Tips For Winning the Benefits You Need

    It can be hard to stomach a denial from Social Security. But you can’t be discouraged—most claimants win on appeal.

    Social Security features a multi-step appeals process with chances to win at each juncture. Here’s what you’ll face:

    • Reconsideration: You simply ask Social Security to look at your case again.
    • Hearing with Administrative Law Judge (ALJ): You’ll present your case in person to a judge, who will issue a ruling.
    • Appeals Council Review: If the ALJ denies you, you can request this council to look at your claim.
    • Federal Court: Your last option is to sue Social Security in federal court for benefits.

    If you’re at any point of the appeals process, you worry: What can I do to give myself the best chance at winning?

    Keep reading to see our top recommendations for winning your disability appeal:

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    Look Over Your Application Again

    It sounds small, but reviewing your application again—in detail—could have a big impact. Any small error, from medical evidence you submit to even clerical items, could return a denial. Your case must be thorough and clearly presented in order to win.

    Don’t Miss the Appeal Deadline

    You have 60 days to file your appeal after you receive your denial. If you miss it, you won’t be able to win. That means you’ll have to submit an entirely new application to Social Security, which only extends the amount of time you’ll go without the benefits you need.

    Submit New Evidence

    You can include any new medical evidence you gather between the time of your initial application and an appeals hearing. Make sure you show a judge everything they need to know.

    Be Honest

    Honesty is so important during your appeal. Remember: Most applicants are denied on their first try. So your appeal is where you’re most likely to win. If you submit any false evidence or say anything you can’t prove, your chances of winning will fade.

    Hire an Attorney

    This process can be overwhelming. At our law firm, we see clients come to our door confused and worried about their future.

    A competent disability lawyer can help guide you through the appeals process. They’ll know what to look for and how to identify mistakes you may have made on your initial application. They can also direct you on how to gather the evidence you need and present it correctly.

    In fact, a Government Accountability Office study found that you’re three times as likely to win benefits at an appeals hearing if you hire representation. So don’t take a chance on your future.

    And if you’re in Charleston, Columbia, or anywhere in South Carolina, call Robertson Wendt Disability – Finkel Law Firm LLC to get help with your disability appeal.

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